590,000 + volunteers were involved across the country, on Sunday March 4, with over 66,000 from Western Australia. Volunteers attended 594 registered sites across the state, rolled their sleeves up, and collected an astonishing amount of rubbish, 1306.8T (to be exact!).
Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia, speaking from the 2018 ‘Clean Up’ Day official site in Brisbane, says “It’s really great to see so many people passionate about removing rubbish from the places that are important to them.”
“That’s the beauty of a ‘Clean Up’ – people tell us where the rubbish is accumulating, and we provide support to make a difference. Young or old – anyone can be involved.”
Every day is Clean Up Australia Day - so let the annual event simply be the beginning of your ‘Clean Up’ journey. Making a real difference starts with looking more closely at our personal purchasing behaviour, becoming conscious of single use products, packaging and plastics which we buy and happily discard.
In its lifetime, this event has seen Australians donate more than 33 million volunteer hours, removing the equivalent of 350,000 ute loads of rubbish from over 178,000 sites across the country.
This dedication and enthusiasm of volunteers has been embraced into many lives, and this passion and positivity has made for great change. We urge you, jump on board, and take small steps today, in the hope of a greater and cleaner tomorrow!
A few at home tips,
- Don’t throw your rubbish out of the car! Collect free car rubbish bags from the CRC.
- Get into the habit of utilising calico bags now, to assist for an easier transition towards a plastic fee environment
- Where possible, use beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap, to wrap morning smoko or lunch
- Drop off your used coffee pods at Dumbleyung Playgroup (24 Harvey Street) for recycling
- Practice responsible disposal of cigarette butts! Use a pocket ashtray – small, fire resistant and reusable.
Did you know? - cigarette butts take five years to break down! Littering of cigarette butts incur a fine of up to $2200 when reported. You can report a litter bug, visit www.nobutts.com.au
Information for this article was sourced from https://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/