Almost 90 kilograms – or 27,600 individual pieces of plastic – was collected in just one hour during the first ever Manly ‘Take 3 for the Sea’s CEO Clean Up’ event on Friday.
More than 50 business leaders swapped offices and boardrooms for a morning of education and action at Manly Cove.
Having taken place on the Central Coast for the past two years the Manly event was an opportunity for a new group of business leaders to roll up their sleeves and make a difference in the community and show leadership on sustainability.
The event encourages CEOs, directors and business owners to take time out of their busy schedules to clean up their local community while fundraising to support Take 3’s work to rid the world of plastic pollution through education and action.
The Take 3 team report removing more than 20,000 pieces of microplastic, film and polystyrene as well as some unique items, including a leather jacket and a parking pole and sign during the one hour stint.
Manly MP James Griffin and Federal MP Zali Steggall were in attendance as were executives for SC Johnson, fundraising partner AVEDA, Four Pines and Avid were in attendance.
“Take 3 for the Sea is a wonderful organisation that speaks to the heart of what concerns people around Australia and the world and that is the amount of litter and in particular plastic that makes its way into our environment,” Mr Griffin said.
“It’s wonderful to be here but it is also quite frightening to see the amount of plastic that needs to be removed. Government is one part of the solution, but true action will happen when business leaders and corporates, partner with charities like Take 3 for the Sea.”
The day began with welcomes from Take 3 CEO Sarah Beard and co-founder Roberta Dixon-Valk before an inspirational talk from pioneering Australian scuba diver, documentary maker, photographer, author, painter and marine conservationist Valerie Taylor.
The guests then split into groups of three to remove the plastic and other waste from the beach and surrounding areas. They were also joined by divers from the Underwater Research Group of NSW, who took to the water to remove even more hazardous waste.
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