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Recycled plastic—not on the menu!

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A group of unusual saltwater clams with very small shells have had Kempsey Shire Council, in NSW scratching for answers. The timber in the wharf at Macleay River was continually being eaten by the mollusc, known locally as Cobra Worm or Shipworm. According to Jeff Hirst from the council this meant, ‘it had to be replaced every two years’.

Finally the worm has been defeated with the installation of a new recycled-plastic platform. While recycled plastic has many features it cannot claim to be at all appetising to Cobra Worms!