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Activity date : Sunday, 15 October 2017
Location : 3018
Full BP/LOS bgs picked up Inc bottles & cans : 12 Bags
Full BP/LOS bgs of drink containers picked up : N/A
Estimated kgs picked up : 28 Kg
Time spent for this event : 31 Hours
Number of collected bottles : 50
Container Volume % of total rubbish : N/A
Number of collected syringes : 0
Cleaned length : 1000 m
Cleaned width : 150 m
Cleaned area : 150000 m2
Most common items collected : Cigarette butts
Plastic fragments >5 cm
Drink Containers. All bottles and cans for CDS count
Were there any nurdles? : None

Don't let the picture deceive you: thirty-one punters turned up for the October clean and collected 28.25 kg of litter, including 76 recycleable drink containers and at least 369 cigarette butts.

I've started timing how long it takes me to collect one hundred cigarette butts on a pre-determined path as a proxy measure of density. This will only work if I don't get sick or old or otherwise alter any of the various parameters that affect my mobility, eyesight and ability to crouch, but for now it should serve. Yesterday that task took 25 mins.

Improving weather is bringing more people to our stretch of the coast but, hopefully, they're treating our foreshore with the respect Altona Beach Patrol members demonstrate every month.

We still have pocket ash-trays to hand out to smokers and a stash of mint tins to up-cycle when those run out. Smokers have been accepting these handy items gratefully and this may prove an important step in raising awareness of and solving the problems caused by the plastic in cigarette butt filters getting from the Altona streets to the waters of Port Phillip.

I'm off to the ice in two weeks and will see you all in December or January.
Thanks, everyone
Matt
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