Waste Statistics

In 2019, Four Wheel Drive Queensland collated detailed statistics of waste which was collected across the event weekend. We saw volunteers clean 123km of beach from the Manta Ray barge landing site to South Ngkala Rocks including south Waddy including major tourist destinations such as Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Champagne Pools, Lake Birrabeen and Lake Boomanjin. There was a staggering 7,059kg of waste removed and unfortunately this was an 85kg increase on the total waste which was collected in 2018.

Plastic Items 2019
(partial audit)
2018
Consumer Items Cigarette butts & filters 1,495  826
Cigarette lighters 262  741
Pens, markers & other plastic stationary 131  4,913
Straws, confection sticks, cups, plates & cutlery 393 4,637
Toothbrushes, brushes & combs, hair ties 498  1,697
Toys, party poppers, ribbons, clips & similar 891  2,397
Packaging Items Bleach & cleaner bottles 78  2,272
Lids & tops, pump spray, flow restrictor & similar 25,101  43,701
Person care & pharmaceutical packaging 288 1,662
Plastic bags supermarket, garbage, ice 1,075  2,175
Plastic containers non food (oil, sealant, chemical) 2,806 1,977
Plastic drink bottles (water, juice, milk, soft drinks) 13,927  6,442
Plastic packaging food (wrap, packets, containers) 9,337  4,898
Plastic wrap non food (bubble wrap) 314  1,362
Strapping band scraps 603  2,223
Strapping band whole 577 230
Fishing Items Bait & tackle bags & packaging 288  605
Bait containers & lids, bait savers 236  533
Commercial fishing remnants (float, pot, crate bits) 9,547  844
Cylume glow sticks 498  1,835
Fishing line in metres (recreational) 393m  2,368m
Recreational fishing items (lures, floats, rods, reels) 157 946
Rope & net scraps less than 1 metre 157  4,892
Rope (estimate length in metres) 10,049m  1,434m
Remnants Plastic bits & pieces hard & solid 40,471  131,350
Plastic film remnants (bits of plastic bag, wrap etc) 3,934  20,674
Remnants burnt plastic 183  617
Foamed Plastic (polystyrene) Items 2019 2018
  Foam buoys 157  154
Foam cups, food packs & trays 1,049  1,668
Foam insulation & packaging (whole & remnants) 4,249  9,596
Other Materials 2019 2018
  Oil globules & tar-balls 0 0
Sanitary (tissues, nappies, condoms, cotton buds) 131  1,534
Shoes leather & fabric 472  73
Glass & Ceramic Items 2019 2018
  Fluorescent light tubes and bulbs 419  160
Glass beer stubbies & pre mixed alcohol bottles 1,127  1,468
Glass jars & sauce bottles 209  414
Glass or ceramic broken 367  4,211
Glass wine, spirit and similar bottles 393  577
Cloth Items 2019 2018
  Binding, thread, string & cord natural 0  224
Cloth, clothing, hats & towels 0  562
Metal Items 2019 2018
  Aerosol cans 104  235
Aluminium cans 1,993  2,471
Foil wrappers, packets, bladders & alfoil 52  4,382
Metal bottle caps, lids and pull tabs 78  2,182
Metal fishing items (sinkers, lures, hooks, traps, pots) 26  139
Tins under 4 litres (food, drink tins and similar) 0  733
Paper & Cardboard Items 2019 2018
  Newspaper, magazines & brochures 183  158
Paper & cardboard packaging 6,793 1,487
Tetra packs & drink cartons 26  848
Rubber Items 2019 2018
  Rubber balloons, balls & toys, elastic straps & bands 236 1,073
Rubber footwear & thongs 839  1,169
Rubber remnants 157  696
Wood Items 2019 2018
  Brooms, brushes & paint brushes 26  69
Processed timber, pallets & other wood 314 244
Wooden confection sticks, pencils, matches etc 0  173
Unusual Items Found    
  Office laser toner cartridge 1 0
Used shotgun cartridge  1 0
Roof racks  1 0
Tyres  1 0
Car body  1 0
Boat  1 0
Satellite tracker for a fishing net  1 0
Syringes  4 0
Concrete block  1 0
Used fireworks approx. 4kg  1 0

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