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Tarnaki woman fills 15 garbage bags during 100 days of beach cleaning, totaling 71 kg of plastic

Lorela Doherty of New Plymouth has just completed the 100-day Beach Clean Challenge she has set for herself - now she has to work out how to turn it into art.

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Lorela Doherty of New Plymouth has completed 100 days of her scheduled Beach Clean Challenge.

Over the course of 100 days, a Taranaki woman collected more than 5,000 pieces of plastic off the coast, as well as a slip and slide and medical needles – 15 large garbage bags.

Lorella Doherty has just completed three months of beach cleaning, a feat she planned to complete in late May, with the intention of turning plastic into art.

He said only 71kg of plastic – “but plastic light”.

He collected 5,000 pieces of plastic from New Plymouth Beaches, and has not yet counted all the small pieces.

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He collected 5,000 pieces of plastic from New Plymouth shores, and he has not yet counted all the small pieces.

Doherty, who runs. Rethinking the plastic revolution., There were mixed feelings about his accomplishments – it was hard to see the amount of rubbish on the shores of New Plymouth.

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“He blew me away, made me cry many times,” he said. “But I liked something to go to the beach every day. It was really nice to be out in the wild when I didn’t usually go out.

Doherty cleared various beaches between Orinoi in the east and Stent Road in the west.

Sometimes she would be out for three hours, other times she would be down for five minutes.

Doherty has washed every piece of plastic she has collected.

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Doherty has washed every piece of plastic she has collected.

“If you can go downstairs and get a piece or two, it’s no better.”

But Doherty picked up more than just plastic – she collected every piece of garbage that wasn’t on the beach.

The cardboard and bins he will recycle, and the trash he will put in the landfill.

The standouts were a slip and slide, a cassette tape, medical needles and, worst of all, a dog bag.

She has already washed every piece of plastic, and is now planning what to do with it.

Doherty is known as a wake-up call for turning garbage into art.

He made it in 2019. One wheel out of 3000 plastic bottles, And recently created. One of the single-use coffee cups that would otherwise go into the landfill..

With her recent dustbin collection, she hopes to raise funds to create an exhibition for people to walk in, “land in their heads”.

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