Much of the work we do here at Edge is to improve processes within organisations to reduce costs and attain environmental and social benefits. Sometimes though, it’s those that operate on the ground, doing the dirty work through long hours and absolute dedication who deserve to be rewarded and recognised for their achievements.
That’s why this month, I have chosen to donate $300 to Clean4Shore, a grassroots organisation dedicated to removing marine litter from estuaries and foreshores in the Central Coast region. Graham Johnston, program coordinator, takes groups of wetsuit-clad youth from across NSW on barges into the far reaches of the Hawkesbury. The teams head out weekly to remove tonnes of waste, from plastic bottles to derelict boats, and cart it all back to shore for proper disposal. Working together, youth learn about the origins of marine litter, and the impacts these materials have on the fragile estuarine ecosystems of the Central Coast Region.
In 2016 alone, 554 Clean4Shore volunteers removed over 52 tonnes of marine debris from Central Coast waterways. All data is recorded and uploaded to the Tangaroa Blue waste database, which aims to gather information about marine litter and record the great work community groups are doing across the country.
Our donation will contribute to operational costs to ensure the continuity of this highly valuable program, allowing Graham and his teams to focus on the task at hand.
You can learn more about Clean4Shore on the group’s Facebook page.