'Large quantity' of polystyrene removed by Clean4Shore
A large quantity of polystyrene has been removed from Lion Island's very small sandy beach by the Clean4Shore crew, according to co-ordinator Mr Graham Johnston.
The team launched from Patonga and encountered larger flood debris items along the headlands towards Lion Island, he said.
"Car tyres, aluminium cladding, lounge chair debris, pallets and bulk polystyrene were recovered.
"Closer to the headland the surging swell prevented the "rock hopping process" with a large mass of litter sited at the tip of the headland."
Mr Johnston said: "Lion Island had clearly visible flood debris and, upon a safe landing, the team was confronted by masses of polystyrene, plastic drums, car tyres, marine ply and a wave ski mould.
"Twenty full bags of polystyrene, the largest plate size and masses of smaller hand-sized polystyrene was collected from just 40 metres of foreshore still covered in timber debris.
"The tides and swell has pushed this polystyrene in and around the larger rocks and high on the tidal mark.
"All of the polystyrene removed was in very poor condition and breaking up into much smaller pieces.
"This is the worst Clean4shore has seen in bulk polystyrene from the March floods, with much of the rocky foreshores closer to the mouth of the Hawkesbury hiding more polystyrene.
"Clean4shore will focus on removing this environmental hazard with priority."
Mr Johnstone said 520 kilos of debris off loaded at Woy Woy tip.
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Graham Johnston, Clean4shore