A CAMPING tent, more than 100 plastic bottles, 70disposable straws and 300pieces of styrofoam were among the rubbish picked up at Nobbys Beach yesterday morning.
Fifteen volunteers turned up for an hour-long beach clean-up, filling eight hessian sacks.
Other items collected included dozens of pieces of disposable cutlery, more than 80 aluminium cans, 400 cigarette butts and a surprising array of footwear and clothing.
Tim Silverwood of beach clean-up initiative Take 3, Adrian Midwood of eco-group Ocean Ambassadors, and Will Gold, president of the Surfrider Foundation’s Hunter branch joined forces to organise a clean-up of Newcastle’s shoreline.
Mr Silverwood and Mr Midwood have been sailing Australia’s east coast, educating communities on the issues facing the world’s oceans, demonstrating a machine that converts plastic to diesel, and conducting beach clean-ups.
Mr Silverwood confirmed the waste weighed more than 50kilograms.
Aimee Blacker, a 22- year-old student from Newcastle said she was most disgusted by the number of people on Horseshoe beach who left plastic bags of dog droppings in the sand.
Jonny Dustow, a 33-year-old teacher from the Central Coast, was born into a surfing family and urged others who enjoyed the ocean to help look after it.
‘‘It’s not enough to just clean up after yourself. You’ve got to push yourself to pick up other people’s rubbish as well,’’ he said.
Graeme Tychsen of Rankin Park said he commonly carried a bag with him in case he came across stray garbage.
Will Gold said he was satisfied with the turnout.
‘‘Typically, a clean-up held on the weekend will see 40 to 50 volunteers,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve been cleaning the beaches for 15 months now, and we’ve almost removed 2000 kilograms of rubbish in that time.’’
The data collected from the day’s efforts will be recorded in a national database and used to develop a plan to help improve Australia’s coastline.