Plastic bag from ’70s still intact
A SUNSHINE Coast ocean clean-up group has found a mostly intact plastic bag in the Pumicestone Passage off Bulcock Beach.
Sunshine Coast Clean Up Divers found the KFC bag (pictured) under 8m of water, half-full of silt and tangled in rocks.
Founder and organiser Elliot Peters said the shocking discovery proved the longevity of plastics, even in harsh environments.
The volunteer community group reached out to KFC Australia to determine the age of the bag and a spokesperson said “judging by the logo it would be (from the) ’70s–’80s”.
SCCUD conducts monthly underwater clean-ups, focusing on the northern Pumicestone Passage and Mooloolah River estuary.
The unfunded group completes monthly surveys in the areas, sorting and reporting all findings to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative and Project Aware.
“We take the time to carefully remove debris, sort it, reuse or re-purpose what we can through local artists, recycle or dispose of responsibly whatever is left over,” Mr Peters said.
“In the 18 months we’ve been operating, we have collected over 500kg of debris, including almost 20km of fishing line.
“Sadly we are barely able to cover even 1000sq m before we need to start again in the same spot. There are areas with dozens of tyres and cobwebs of fishing line that we would love to clean up but we just don’t have the time.”
The volunteer group is organised through social media and anyone is welcome to participate.
Mr Peters regularly shares the masses of marine debris found in Coast waters.