17 Sep 2012

11.3 tonnes of rubbish found in Swan River

MORE than 11.3 tonnes of rubbish were pulled from Perth's waterways and foreshores in 2011-12.

Figures released by the Swan River Trust show more than 6.3 tonnes of general refuse and five tonnes of timber and rubble were collected from the Swan River in the past 12 months.

Trust officers also retrieved 125 large items, including chairs and tyres, from the Swan Canning Riverpark.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion has described the littering as "inexplicable" and urged the public to stop dropping rubbish in and around Perth's rivers.

"Most disturbing is the mass of plastic bags and fishing line that continues to be found, despite people knowing the terrible impacts these items have on river wildlife from pelicans to dolphins," he said.
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