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Sat, 24 Feb

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Beach Access 19 past Edwin Schrag Park

Nurdle Clean-up

Bribie has been invaded by a flood of tiny plastic beads known as nurdles, which can be appallingly harmful to wildlife when ingested. Please help us purge our beaches of this pernicious plastic pollution.

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Nurdle Clean-up
Nurdle Clean-up

When and where

24 Feb 2024, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Beach Access 19 past Edwin Schrag Park, Benalong St, Woorim QLD 4507, Australia

About the event

We need all the hands we can get on this clean-up event!  The plastic beads are a few millimetres in diameter so difficult to remove with the usual machinery, which means we're relying on as many fingers and thumbs as we can get.

Where is it? The main infestation of nurdles is at Flag 5 in Woody Bay, about half way between Red Beach Carpark and the Access 19 at Woorim, but spreads east and west from there. So we're asking volunteers to make their way to that location by whatever route is most conventient. We will have a stall at the Beach Access 19 Car Park , from where you can get directions.

Want to hunt nurdles? If you can help with this clean-up, please wear sun-safe clothing and bring a bucket or two, a kitchen seive with a fine mesh (not a collander) for washing seagrass and seaweed to separate the nurdles, which float. Also bring insect repellent!  Walk from Woorim or Red Beach, whichever is more convenient for you, looking for nurdles in the sand and seaweed on the way.

Want to help in other ways? BIEPA will have a stall at Access 19 Carpark (aka the Woorim Dog Beach entrance)  and a sign-on stand at Flag 5 in Woody Bay. We'd very be grateful for any help at the BIEPA station to direct volunteers and collect what they've gathered. Or just spread the word through email or social media to get people to come.

Already got nurdles? If you have collected and kept nurdles already, please drop them at the BIEPA tent Collection Station at Access 19 from 3pm.

Nurdles are an under-reported pollution menace that does not get as much attention as it should given their impact.  Many creatures ingest the beads leading to intestinal blockage, malnourishment, starvation, and eventually death.  These things are not biodegradable so persist in the environment for centuries.

We can use this latest incident to raise awareness of the problem, and we'll seek help in identifying the source of the pollution so that action can be taken to prevent another incident in future. 

As always, please remember to register for updates and reminders, and to simplify sign-on at the site.

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