Coast gets a clean up from the bush to the beaches
  • Wednesday 08 March 2017

Around 1000 volunteers collected more than 300 wheelie bins full of rubbish and recyclable items during Clean-Up Australia Day events across the Sunshine Coast last weekend.   

However, Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said waste volumes collected across the Coast were down by around 11% on last year’s figures.

Volunteers of all ages signed up to help keep clean-up their local areas with 82 locations registering for the event including four businesses, 19 schools and 59 community sites.

The equivalent of 732 bags of general rubbish and 168 bags of recyclables was collected, with a combined total of 12.5 tonnes picked up across the Coast.

Glass alcohol bottles, cigarette butts, aluminium cans, plastic bags and confectionery wrappers were common items collected at most sites.

“Feedback from sites located in more publicly utilised areas such as main beaches, rivers and parks reported much less rubbish, while sites located in more remote areas of the region reported the continued presence of illegal dumping with tyres, car parts, mattresses and furniture commonly reported,” Cr McKay said.

While the number of schools registered for Clean-Up Australia Day was down this year, the number of schools that teamed up with community organisations to register a clean-up site outside their school grounds has increased.

Students from Sunshine Coast Grammar School and Caloundra State High School teamed up with SurfRider to clean-up in areas around Moffat Beach and Kings Beach, collecting a total of 268kg of rubbish, while more than 50 students from Immanuel Lutheran College partnered with EcoClub and collected almost 75kg of waste and recycling from the Maroochydore Beach area.

 Cr McKay also praised the efforts of site coordinators who were instrumental in helping large numbers of volunteers on the day.

 “It’s great to see so many people chipping in and giving back to their community, and days like this couldn’t happen without the support of dedicated community organisations, friends groups and catchment care volunteers,” Cr McKay said.