Although Aotearoa is isolated, currents increasingly bring to our shores some of the eight million tonnes of plastic that ends up in the sea annually, choking sea life along the way and threatening life on the beach and sand dunes.
The latest findings by The Great Ocean Cleanup on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) reveals 75% to 86% of plastic debris in the GPGP originates from fishing activities at sea.
Whāingaroa Environment Centre often works in collaboration with other organisations like Coastcare Waikato, Raglan Sport Fishing Club, Karioi Project and Xtreme Zero Waste to organise beach cleans targeting specific beaches throughout the year.
Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming beach cleans.
During our beach cleans we record every piece of rubbish we find along the way. This collection of data is useful for policy makers.
If you are a business, school, organisation or group and you would like to organise a beach clean with us please get in touch!
Of course you don't need to join an organised event to contribute to cleaning up our shorelines, you can do it anytime!