Volunteers clear beach of rubbish

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The collection of rubbish picked up off the beach by the team on Sunday.
Camera IconThe collection of rubbish picked up off the beach by the team on Sunday. Credit: Supplied

Volunteers arrived at Yeagarup Beach near Pemberton at the weekend to play their part in cleaning up the Australian coastline.

The Keep Australia Beautiful Council ran a nationwide program to encourage people to help get rid of waste found at their local beaches.

Pemberton Discovery Tours was first involved with the clean-up about 10 years ago.

This year the company promoted the clean-up at Perth’s four-wheel-drive show, because Yeagarup Beach is four-wheel-drive accessible.

Pemberton Discovery Tours co-owner Toni Dearle helped run the event and said 41 people with 25 four-wheel-drive vehicles turned up to help out. She said most of the rubbish found at Yeagarup had washed ashore from boats, but some was from campers and other four-wheel-drivers.

“It is really important people who go four-wheel-driving know the impact they make on the environment and think twice before they throw something out the window,” Mrs Dearle said.

“It is also good for them to be aware that it is not just them, we also get a lot of boat rubbish on the beaches down this way.”

This year the clean-up group received permission from the council to drop off the rubbish collected at the local dump.

Mrs Dearle said the clean-up was a team effort and planning for next year was already beginning.

“If anyone is curious about the area and wants to go out, or is new to four wheel driving, this clean-up would be a great opportunity for them,” she said.

“People can jump on our vehicles and join us in the clean-up and basically do what would normally be a paid tour but they get to help the environment too.”

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