- Friday 03 March 2017
In the past 26 years, Australians have devoted more than 31 million hours cleaning up Australia, collecting over 331 thousand tonnes of rubbish.
Environment portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay encouraged all Sunshine Coast residents to take part on the day, which has been supported by local schools, and community groups since it started in 1990.
“I encourage people to get together with friends and family to clean up their favourite areas from the hinterland to the beaches, our creeks or walking tracks,” Cr McKay said.
“We have 82 registered sites across the Sunshine Coast where people can get involved.”
“We’ve also had a number of businesses register to clean up this year, and we appreciate their support in this event.”
“The number of volunteers and tonnage of rubbish collected is growing each year, and we would love to see that trend continue.” Last year 1100 local residents collected a total of 14.1 tonnes of waste and recyclable items from across the Sunshine Coast.
Common items collected last year included cigarette butts, plastic bags, aluminium cans, plastic and glass drink bottles and coffee cups.
“This event is also a timely reminder to everyone to be mindful in how they dispose of their litter and household waste, to help protect the beautiful environment we all enjoy,” Cr McKay said.
“I know there are also a huge number of people who actively pick up litter and rubbish as part of their regular walking routine every day and I sincerely thank them for doing that little bit extra to help keep our Sunshine Coast clean and healthy.”
Council’s Waste Manager John Hogg said the Clean Up for Australia Day event was a fantastic effort for our environment and all of the volunteers’ hard work was greatly appreciated.
Registered sites will receive a Clean Up kit including bags, gloves, event information and public liability cover. For the full list of sites visit the Clean Up Australia Day website