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Dumped cigarette butts are no joke at the Mordialloc foreshore

15 April 2016

Kingston Council and Mordialloc BeachPatrol have joined forces to hold the first annual Cigarette Butt Clean Up Day on Sunday April 24 and are calling on community volunteers to join in.

Mordialloc BeachPatrol’s Area Manager Tony Buckle said the group had launched monthly clean-ups late last year and had been disgusted by the high number of dumped cigarette butts along the Mordialloc beach and recreational areas.

“Mordialloc BeachPatrol has collected over 10,000 dumped cigarette butts in just five, one hour sessions with only a handful of volunteers. We’re calling on the community to join us for our first annual Cigarette Butt Clean Up Day – we want a massive community turnout so we can tackle this problem head-on,” Mr Buckle said.

 “Cigarette butts are not only unsightly but take around 15 years to breakdown, leech harmful toxins into our environment and enter our marine food chain.”

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley commended the work of Kingston’s local BeachPatrol groups and urged the community to add their support.

“I’ll be there on the day to help and I hope we can get a great turn-out to help clean-up our beautiful beaches and parkland areas,” Cr Bearsley said. “Council is working closely with our BeachPatrol groups and local businesses to find ways to reduce littering along our beaches.  So please do the right thing and put your rubbish and cigarette butts in the bin.”

Mr Buckle said new volunteers were also always welcome at the Kingston BeachPatrol regular monthly clean-up sessions at Aspendale, Parkdale, Chelsea, Mentone and Mordialloc. 

Come join us: www.beachpatrol.com.au

The Cigarette Butt Clean Up Day is on 9am-10am Sunday 24 April. 
Meet at the Rotunda, Peter Scullin Reserve, Mordialloc.
Bring your garden gloves, zip lock bags and community spirit.

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