Rubbish pits commended in push to keep seas clean

Divers want to see a clean ocean free of debris.
Divers want to see a clean ocean free of debris. Nationalgeographiccom

DIVERS are a pretty responsible group when it comes to protecting the ocean environment.

While they are aware that Mother Nature can inflict far more damage to coral reefs than any divers' actions, they also want to see a clean ocean free of debris.

Rubbish discarded on land often ends up in our river and creek systems via stormwater drains.

This eventually flows into the ocean.

Items which commonly find their way into storm water drains include aluminium cans, plastics of all descriptions, odd bits of clothing and cigarette butts.

The Sunshine Coast council is aware of this problem and is currently constructing underground rubbish collecting pits.

These pits will collect rubbish flowing along stormwater drains.

The rubbish will be removed from these pits up to eight metres deep, allowing only stormwater to flow into our waterways.

This is an expensive exercise but until people stop allowing rubbish to enter our drains it is a very worthwhile exercise.

Our council should be commended for this initiative.

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