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Tiny polystyrene beads have been washing up on Freshwater Beach following Council bulky goods collections and we’re urging the community to make sure they dispose of waste correctly to avoid this happening again.
This recent incident, currently being investigated by Council’s Environmental Health and Regulatory teams can happen anywhere and the cost isn’t just restricted to waste removal and sweeping streets and gutters. The tiny beads can enter our stormwater drains and make their way to our pristine waterways and beaches, wreaking havoc on our wildlife for years to come.
Although Council cleans up as much as possible, the beads are small and light, they move quickly and it is impossible to remove them all.
Any polystyrene beads should be placed in a strong sealed plastic bag with the air expelled, then placed in your red-lidded garbage bin. They are prohibited from being placed out on the roadside bulky goods collections.
If you would like to recycle your polystyrene, check EPS Recyclers for drop off points and fees.
Remember, you can report illegal dumping to Council through our online Customer Service portal.