JARS ON JARS: Pat's amazing trash collection will have you picking up rubbish too
JARS ON JARS: Pat's amazing trash collection will have you picking up rubbish too

FIFO worker's plight to clean up Heron Island

PAT Williams collects jars of trash - 20kg is his current record.

He collects them in wine bottles, beer bottles and coffee jars but he doesn't keep it all.

At first it was just something to do whilst walking along the beach but now the fly-in-fly-out worker does it religiously.

The Noosa Heads man has single-handedly collected plastic from the sands of Heron Island.

From plastic buckets to roadside reflectors, Mr Williams who spends three weeks to a month a time working at Gladstone's Heron Island, said he didn't notice how much trash was around until he picked up a few pieces.

"I've been working here for four years and I didn't notice it once until early last year when I saw something in the news about picking up rubbish from the beach," he said.

"Now it's all I can see. My eyes have adapted to it."

 

Patrick Williams is shocked with how much he has collected in just a little over a year.
Patrick Williams is shocked with how much he has collected in just a little over a year. Pat Williams

Mr Williams who works for a catering company on the Island said at first it was just the colourful trash that stuck out.

"You see the colourful rubbish, the reds and blues but now I can spot bits of white plastics that have blended into the sand.

"It's a bit sad when the shells and plastics have emerged as one."

Mr Williams said he hit the 20kg mark on Saturday.

"There is still so much rubbish out there.

"The plastic that gets washed up goodness knows where it comes from but it is quite brittle and it's just floating in our environment."

 

Patrick Williams is shocked with how much he has collected in just a little over a year.
Patrick Williams is shocked with how much he has collected in just a little over a year. Pat Williams

Mr Williams, a photo hobbyist said he finds the worst bits of trash on the hide tide mark.

"It's after the waves crash onto the beach and the sand is left with plastic.

"I usually set out in the afternoon with a container, sometimes I find bigger stuff but most of the time it is just small plastic that is broken and has become part of the sand.

"Sometimes I'm too busy to go everyday but It's become quite a bit of an obsession now."

Mr Williams said he wasn't aware of the plastic until he took a good look at the sand.

"You really don't notice it until you look and then you'll see it, first the brighter colours will stick out and then you'll see the blended bits.

"You won't be able to look away."

Mr Williams describes himself as a "one-man-band".

"It's hard for me to see the trash and not have the time to pick it up but I am a one-man-band so whatever I do collect it's better than nothing," he said.

"I don't even have to go looking for it.

 

Patrick Williams is shocked with how much he has collected in just a little over a year.
Patrick Williams is shocked with how much he has collected in just a little over a year. Pat Williams

"I think the most bizarre thing I found was a pair of roadside reflectors."

Since collecting the rubbish Mr Williams said it has been eye-opening.

"It's fascinating and sad how far things travel," he said

"I think the more and more I do it I realise how massive the problem is out there, some of the pieces are the size of a grain of sand.

"It feels like I'm up against tonnes and tonnes of rubbish."

Mr Williams said after he bought a camera he became more aware of his surroundings.

"Heron is such a beautiful place," he said.

"I'm sure I would find a similar case at the beach back home in Noosa. It's important to take care of our beaches."



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