At 9am on a beautiful and sunny morning on Saturday, 17th September, 19 volunteers walked down to Athol Beach from the bottom entrance of Taronga Zoo to celebrate ‘Clean Up the World Weekend’. Taronga youth volunteers, staff, and local community members, joined the Take 3 event organisers on this mission to clean up the beach for the second time this month. As we set foot on the beach, we saw litter scattered everywhere. But it was a small beach and we had an army of 19 enthusiastic volunteers so we were convinced it wouldn’t take long to get this beach sparkling clean.
For the next one and a half hours, we picked up bags and bags of rubbish. The beach was filled with bits of polystyrene, plastic wrappers, drink bottles and cigarette butts. There was so much of it. Even an old helmet was found wedged under a rock and a dedicated Take 3 member jumped in the cold water to fish it out. At the end of the clean-up, we were amazed by how much litter we picked up and how fabulous the beach looked. We then sat back and enjoyed a delicious ‘rubbish-free’ morning tea while looking out at Sydney Harbour. What a great morning.