Sign hung up in Ewen Park with plastic bottles from the Cooks River underneath.

Sign hung up in Ewen Park with plastic bottles from the Cooks River underneath.

The sign says, "Our final toss."

The sign says, “Our final toss.”

The marvellous ‘Cooks River Tossers’ have been busy this afternoon making a statement on both sides of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Cooks River at Lang Road to Ewen Park at Hurlstone Park.

We were out cycling when we came across a pile of plastic bottles underneath a painted sheet sign strung up on a fence in Ewen Park that said, “These bottles NOW 10c.  Thank you Boomerang Alliance.”

This is a very strong message to the community that they can help stop the Cooks River, other waterways, our beaches & our oceans from being polluted with plastic drink bottles tossed in the river or from stormwater drains.

Six days ago the NSW state government announced that it will go ahead with implementing a Container Deposit Scheme for a 10 cent refund on each empty drink container.  See – http://ab.co/1Xqvxto

The NSW state Environment Minister Mark Speakman said, “We know that 160 million containers end up in litter in NSW. We are determined to drive that down.”   That amount of drink containers polluting the environment makes me shudder.

The Container Deposit Scheme will commence in July 2017.  It can’t come too soon for the environment, which is suffering dreadfully by this kind of pollution.

Riding back towards Marrickville later in the day, we saw that the ‘Cooks River Tossers’ had done more work on the Lang Road side of the bridge.  A large number of plastic bottles taken from the river were piled up with a small sign beside many of them saying, “I’m worth 10c.”  A very clever & a very powerful statement.  I love these people.

Plastic bottles retrieved from the Cooks River today strewn along the path on the Lang Road side of the river.  Small signs say, "I 'm worth 10c."

Plastic bottles retrieved from the Cooks River today strewn along the path on the Lang Road side of the river. Small signs say, “I ‘m worth 10c.”

 

 

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