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New Inverloch Litter Trap
Bass Coast Shire Council recently installed a litter trap on a drain outfall at Inverloch.
By Bass Coast Shire - 3rd July 2001 - Back to News
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Bass Coast Shire Council recently installed a litter trap on a drain outfall at Inverloch. The trap will stop rubbish from local streets ending up on local beaches and in the sea.
This is the fourth trap Council has installed in the Shire. Three traps were installed in Cowes late last year.
Steve Piasente, Council’s Infrastructure Design Manager, explained that the stormwater litter traps stop 98% of rubbish above 3mm in diameter from washing through the drain and directly out to sea. This improves the quality of water flowing through the stormwater system and into our ocean.
“The litter that people drop in the streets is washed into the drains and ends up damaging the area’s unique marine life, including penguins and seals,” said Mr. Piasente. “By installing these litter traps around the Shire, Council is protect the area’s natural beauty.”
“The traps not only make the beach a cleaner place for humans to enjoy, but they also ensure that the delicate marine life of the area is not effected by rubbish flowing into their habitat,” he said.
The traps are checked every month for the amount of litter trapped and are cleaned regularly.
Council was successful in applying for to the Federal Government’s Coast and Clean Seas Funding Program for half the cost of funding for the traps. Each trap costs $50,000 to buy and install.
While the traps are highly effective in stopping rubbish reaching our beaches, Council’s Environment Officer, Katie Moon, said the easiest way to ensure that rubbish didn’t end up washed down the drain and out to sea was simply not to litter in the first place.
Picture sent via email shows Council staff at the site of the new litter trap in Inverloch. (l-r) Katie Moon, Environment Officer, Mark Kamphuis, Engineer and Russell Thomas, Clerk of Works, discuss the installation of the new litter trap in Inverloch.
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