Plas­tic bag from ’70s still in­tact

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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