Recycling : It makes cents to cash in on containers
Beachgoers could be forgiven for needing to take a second glance at "litter" on the sand yesterday.
After all, it's not every day you see a giant drink can with arms and legs, let alone an over-size 10c coin too big to have fallen out of someone's pocket.
There was a serious message behind the dress-ups by members of the Sunshine Coast branch of the Surfriders Foundation.
They are pushing for Queensland to adopt a container deposit scheme similar to that operating in South Australia, where a cash refund is paid to people taking empty drink containers and other packaging to collection points, rather than dumping them in bins, in the bush, in the ocean or anywhere else that litter is usually found.
"We see ourselves as custodians of the ocean," she said. "There is so much plastic in the seas and it finds its way into the food chain.
"This is becoming a planet in peril and we need to radically reduce the amount of plastic in the oceans and we need to do it fast."
Ms Glennie said the NSW Government was seeking public submissions on two models for a container deposit scheme and the Queensland Government was investigating both a plastic bag ban and a container deposit scheme.
Public discussion papers on both measures are expected later this year.
"We have a major opportunity this year to get state parliament to support both measures," she said.
"We need more public awareness and pressure on all politicians to support these measures. Currently there are no Sunshine Coast state MPs or local councillors who have publicly backed a container deposit scheme."
The public is invited to be part of the group's awareness campaign push at Noosa's Main Beach today.
Those interested can meet on the beach at 9.45am, dressed ready to go swimming but also in a way that draws attention to packaging issues, including slogans written on the skin or fancy dress costumes.
Swimmers will enter the water and when the signal is given, return to beach where they will be videoed and photographed.
"We need volunteers to participate as swimmers in the water and volunteers on beach to be mascots and help set up or take their own photos.
"The more the better as this is about creating an interesting event."
Source: Caboolture News