Marine Debris

Coastcare wants to thank you for not littering and for picking up rubbish wherever you find it and taking it to a bin or recycling point.

Casual litter collection during beach and bush walks helps keep our environment clean and prevents litter entering the ocean.

Addressing land-based pollution before it becomes marine pollution

Teams of volunteers identify an area where coastal and marine debris aggregates.

They regularly collect litter from the area.

Debris is sorted by type, counted and photographed.

Data is recorded using the Tangaroa Blue Datasheet which can be can be downloaded.

The datasheets are submitted with photos like the ones pictured here.

Current Teams:

  • Seeking volunteers

Want to start a team in your area of the Cooloola Region?

  1. Decide if you want to work alone or in a group.

  2. Work out an area you can adopt which you can regularly access safely.

  3. Rally your mates and contact the Cooloola Coastcare Coordinator by email or phone to register and arrange insurance cover as a volunteer.

Event based clean-ups

Coastcare members participate in events such as Clean up Australia Day, the annual Surfrider Beach Clean up and Tangaroa Marine Clean Ups


Bottles can be returned for 10 cents at recycling centres.

Where can I return?

Soft drink and beer cans can be returned at recycling centres for 10 cents.

Metal cans can be put in the recycling bin (yellow lid).

Clean paper can be put in the recycling bin (yellow lid).

Soft plastics can be recycled by Recycle at major supermarkets.

Plastic that can be scrunched into a ball can be 'Redcycled'.

Where to recycle soft plastics?

What to recycle into the Recycle bins?

Water bottles can be returned at recycling centres for 10 cents.

Milk bottles can be put in the recycling bin (yellow lid).

Educational materials for schools

Use your trash to help Coastcare make a difference on the Cooloola Coast



Donate cash from your containers using the code above!