What are the top 10 marine waste items? – Australia

What are the top 10 marine waste items? – Australia

Posted on April 21, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News


More polystyrene is being collected from the nation’s largest waterways and marine environments than any other type of plastic, supporting a national government push to phase out its use in consumer products by the end of the year, according to new research from Conservation Volunteers Australia released today.

Top 10 litter items identified in 8 of the nation’s largest waterway catchments flowing out into the Great South Reef by Conservation Volunteers Australia crews since September 2020 up to the recent floods:

  1. Polystyrene
  2. Hard plastic
  3. Soft plastic
  4. Food wrapper
  5. Cigarette butt
  6. Bottle cap
  7. Paper/cardboard
  8. Glass
  9. Utensil/plate/bowl
  10. Thin film bags

The 5 year long daily tide line plastic rubbish survey carried out by BeachPatrol Australia provides an in depth report on their survey on the most common types of plastic rubbish in Melbourne.    www.beachpatrol.com.au