A Bribie Island environmentalist has called for the return of year-round anti-littering campaigns similar to those in the 1980s to arrest a rise in mindless dumping.
Diane Oxenford, secretary of Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association (BIEPA), said many of her morning walk along the island’s beaches had been spoiled after finding discarded disposable nappies in the sand dunes.
Poorly disposed of condoms were also proving a headache with many being washed into creeks from stormwater drains, Ms Oxenford said.
She was concerned people were slipping back into ignorance about the importance of protecting the natural environment, especially ecologically-significant places such as Bribie Island.
WEEKEND foraging is leading to Monday madness for volunteers at a Lifeline warehouse in Caboolture South.
Volunteer Coordinator Robyn Marsom said the goodwill of people making donations outside of business hours was being squandered by thieves looting the warehouse’s five drop-off containers at their Industrial Ave address.
“It’s really shocking,” Ms Marsom said. “People come in head down, backside up just tearing through stuff, even putting their children in the bins to throw stuff out.”
She said each weekend people rummaged through donations piled up outside the containers, taking anything of value and leaving behind a mess which volunteers need to clean up on Monday mornings.