Plastic cups and lids washed up with large piles of seaweed on Fingal Beach on Tuesday have attributed to the weekend’s strong currents and big surf.
Fingal Beach Surf Life Saving Club president Tanya Squires said that a clean-up operation by Fingal Bay residents and tourists had cleared the beach of the plastic debris by Tuesday morning.
“There is little doubt the cups have come from one of the shipping containers that went overboard back in June,” Ms Squires said.
“I would suggest the plastic debris had been laying on the bottom of the ocean and as a result of the strong winds and surf over the weekend it has been washed up along with the seaweed .
“We had a similar event about two weeks ago near the Spit, which was cleaned up by Varley.”
Ms Squires said that at least four large bags of the cups and lids had been collected.
More than 1042 cubic metres of debris has been collected since the containers overboard incident off Port Stephens on June 1.