Sunshine Coast gears up for Clean-up Australia Day
  • Friday 02 March 2018

Local residents and community groups are preparing to roll up their sleeves this weekend for the annual Clean-Up Australia Day activities on Sunday March 4.

Students across the Coast kicked off the clean-up efforts today, with 23 schools across the region registering clean-up activities, while businesses and community groups will host events over the weekend.

Environment Councillor Jenny McKay said the efforts of the Sunshine Coast continued to grow, with more people getting involved in the nation-wide event each year.

“Last year more than 80 community groups, schools and businesses collected a combined total of 12.5 tonnes of rubbish, this year we’ve had 98 sites registered to host clean-up activities over the weekend,” Cr McKay said.

“We have schools, local businesses, four-wheel drive groups, mountain-bike clubs, rowing clubs, scouts groups, conservation volunteers, community groups and residents associations all joining in this year, so it truly represents an incredible collective effort by our community.”

Most common items collected during last year’s clean-up event included glass bottles, cigarette butts, aluminium cans, plastic bags and confectionery wrappers, with the equivalent of 732 bags of general rubbish and 168 bags of recyclables being collected.

Cr McKay encouraged all residents and visitors to be responsible when disposing of rubbish and household waste.

“Sadly, each year we tend to find common litter items in our parks, beaches, waterways, reserves and neighbourhoods,” Cr McKay said.

“I applaud the efforts of those who are volunteering their time to clean-up this weekend, and encourage everyone to think twice before littering.”