More than four tonnes of beach litter has been collected by responsible runners from across the Gold Coast in the two years the program has been running here. And that figure is about to get a boost, with Tugun Beach added as a site this month.
Responsible Runners will hit Tugun Beach every Saturday at 6.30am from Saturday 2 May. People are urged to join the Pulse Up, Waste Down initiative that encourages beach-goers to pick up litter for 30 minutes while running or walking.
Tugun Ambassador for Responsible Runners, Sharron Sheining said she was keen to connect the community as well as clean up the beach and surroundings.
“Tugun is my local beach and once I heard about Responsible Runners I connected with them to discover that I could be an Ambassador for Tugun,” Sharron said.
Local clean beaches advocate Naomi Edwards said that Responsible Runners had been operating on the Gold Coast for 130 weeks.
“Adding another beach to our cause means we will be able to collect more beach litter and marine debris,” Naomi said. “Unfortunately over 80% of what we collect comes from irresponsible beach goers leaving litter and belongings on the beach.”
Naomi said the ultimate goal is for people to see how their consumer behaviour impacts the environment. Single-use plastic was also in their sights.
“If everyone did the right thing we wouldn’t have beach litter and marine debris issues that are impacting the world’s beaches and oceans,” Naomi said. “We need more ambassadors like Sharron to lead the cause and take action on every beach.”
Weekly beach clean ups take place at:
- · The Spit, at the VMR tower every Wednesday from 5.00pm
- · Burleigh Heads, at the beach patrol tower from 5.00pm
- · Tugun Beach, in front of Tugun SLSC from 6.30am
Responsible Runners Gold Coast is part of a national network to help raise awareness about the impacts of plastic in our waterways and the ocean, and contributes data to the Australian Marine Debris Database initiative.
More at responsiblerunners.org.