22 August 2021

Today is the start of #KeepAustraliaBeautifulWeek, which runs until the 28th of August.
There are two key themes this year: ‘Dropped on Land, Kills at Sea’, and ‘Where Does Your Rubbish Go?’ 🚮
These two themes impact the daily life of WIRES members and the rescues we attend. Entanglement and ingestion of non-organic substances are two major reasons why we receive calls for help. Where our rubbish goes has a lasting impact on the future of our wildlife.
Around 8 million items of litter are dropped into the marine environment every day. Around 80% of this arrives from the land, and harms our marine wildlife through entanglement and ingestion, with at least 77 species of Australian marine wildlife being affected and 90% of birds having plastic found in their stomachs 🐢
For Keep Australia Beautiful Week, we are asking you to Get Hooked on Helping Wildlife. We can all help:
♻️ Cut the straps on single-use masks before disposal.
♻️ Talk to your friends and family about their wastage practices.
♻️ Roll unwanted fishing line into a ball then cut through the ball to make short lengths & dispose of in a secure bin.
♻️ Never leave a fishing line unattended, birds often become entangled.



♻️ Pick up any rubbish you see when you are out, even if it is not yours.

Drink cans are deadly traps when thoughtlessly discarded. Snakes are one of many species that can become trapped while exploring the inside of the can. If a snake slithers its head through the opening, it may be unable to get it back out, as its scales do not bend backwards and can keep it pinned at the neck.

♻️ Cut rubber bands before discarding.

The plight of this platypus clearly shows the danger of plastic bands, and the terrible toll that plastic is having on wildlife. Please always dispose of plastics appropriately, and remember to cut any plastic rings and bands, regardless of their size.

♻️ Cut safety seals on bottle tops  before discarding.

We all use bottles and jars, most have a round plastic seal around the top. How we dispose of this small ring can be the difference between life and tragic death for unwitting wildlife. Before disposal, cut it open with scissors, so it no longer poses a threat to wildlife

This young bird had found a discarded ring of PVC drainage pipe and had managed to get it over its head and between its beak.