It took someone only 20 minutes to collect this much plastic from Shelly Beach this morning.
It took someone only 20 minutes to collect this much plastic from Shelly Beach this morning. Rebecca Lollback

This much plastic gathered at Shelly Beach in only 20 mins

JUST days after Meerschaum Vale woman Debbie Clement complained about the "kilometres" of plastic choking Patchs Beach at South Ballina, a similar situation has been revealed closer to town.

Two plastic shopping bags stuffed with bits of plastic were found at the back door of The Northern Star's Ballina office this morning.

The rubbish was accompanied by an anonymous note, which explained that the plastic was found on Shelly Beach.

"In just 20 minutes I collected the contents of the two shopping bags worth of plastic," the note states.

"I estimate this is about 10% of the plastic rubbish strewn along just 50 metres of beachfront.

"All this plastic breaks down into small pieces and is well documented that adult sea/shore birds feed these scraps to their chicks and in most cases, unintentionally killing them."

The note goes on to implore people to take responsibility for their beaches.

The note-writer urges people to pick up "just 10 or 20 pieces" of rubbish.

"To me, if you walk past some rubbish in the park, on the walkway, the beach, you are only one step away from being the 'pig' that left it there.

"Perhaps Shelly Beach is in line for a name change to Plastic Crap Beach, as today there was more plastic than shell."


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