"On a two-kilometre stretch of the Yarra River east of Melbourne’s CBD a few
years ago, volunteers were gathering rubbish from the banks and reeds.
Among all the discarded bottles and bits of plastic sucked up with an oversized
vacuum were an estimated 5 million pieces of expanded polystyrene – some in the
form of tiny white balls, others in chunks at various stages of disintegration.
“It is not how a river should look,” says Andrew Kelly, the fulltime Yarra
riverkeeper on the ubiquity of this feather-light expanded plastic, known as
A detailed study last year by the Yarra Riverkeeper Association found about
half the litter in the river was expanded polystyrene."
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