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Plastic pollution the last straw for underwater clean-up volunteers at Manly Cove

Posted 698 days ago | 16.01.18

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 Plastic pollution the last straw for underwater clean-up volunteers at Manly Cove

A volunteer underwater clean-up project at Manly Cove is recovering hundreds of drinking straws from the sea and raising awareness of single-use plastic pollution.

Dive instructor Harriet Spark is the project's organiser and is involved in the local environmental group Sustainable Organisations of Manly (SO Manly).

She was inspired to start the clean up after one of her colleagues recovered more than 600 straws during two short snorkels at Manly Cove.

"On one of our dives we actually found an octopus holding four straws in its tentacles," she told Josh Szeps on ABC Radio Sydney.

Ms Spark was alarmed at the amount of straws found in the cove and started "Operation Straw" to combat the pollution.

"When it comes to items like plastic straws, these items that we used for just seconds and at most minutes, they last on the planet for hundreds and hundreds of years.

"They're a bit of an unnecessary item that we can stop using."

She invited volunteers to collect the straws and record their colour which provides clues as to where the rubbish is coming from.

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