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Call for volunteers - help clean up the nurdles

Call for volunteers!
A heap of small black plastic pellets have washed up on the foreshore in North Fremantle, Minum Cove and East Fremantle. They are called nurdles and are the raw material used in the manufacturing of plastic products.

We do not know where they have come from but it is being investigated.

Help is needed to collect them before they are washed further up river or ingested by wildlife.If you are available, please meet us in the car park near Zephyr Cafe in East Fremantle where we will do a clean up along the beach.

As you can see in the images below, the nurdles are tiny so collecting them is very labour intensive.

We suggest bringing a fine sieve to sift through the sand and/or a trowel and bucket to fill with sand and water to collect the floating nurdles.

To thank you for your time, we will 'shout' all volunteers a coffee at Zephyr Cafe - please bring a reusable cup with you.

Meet: In the carpark near Zephyr Cafe, 61 Riverside Road, East Fremantle - look for the River Guardians' flags.

Date: Thursday 10 November 2016

Time: 8-10am

What to bring: A fine sieve and/or a bucket and trowel and lots of patience :)
BYO water bottle and sun protection.

We understand this is short notice and also a work day but if you can't make this event, please feel free to head to any of the beaches in North or East Fremantle to collect nurdles anytime. The rivers will love you for it.

Thanks to Daniel Jimenez and @plasticfreejuly for the images below.