Call to Action for Clean Up Australia Day
Every year Blue Mountains residents get together to help Clean Up Australia, and this year is no exception.
Blue Mountains City Council is encouraging all residents to join in the 22nd annual Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 4 March.
Mayor, Cr Daniel Myles, “After an extremely wet summer, it is even more important to remove any rubbish that has washed into our local parks, bushland and waterways.”
Clean up sites are chosen by volunteers and then registered on the Clean Up Australia Day website for others to view. Blue Mountains City Council provides a rubbish collection service at each registered clean-up site.
Last year, approximately 200 people volunteered in the Blue Mountains Clean Up Australia Day collecting 4.6 tonnes of rubbish. Eleven local schools also participated in the Schools Clean Up Day, collecting litter from their school grounds and surrounds.
“It is always inspiring to see so many volunteers involved in this significant event”, said the Mayor.
“Some join in for the first time, while others have been involved since the very first Clean Up campaign in 1990”, said the Mayor.
“The good news is the quantity of rubbish collected on Clean Up Australia Day each year is declining. It is proof that the campaign is changing attitudes to littering and waste disposal and that Blue Mountains residents are a part of that change.
However, the Blue Mountains is by no means litter free so we still need your help.”
Interested residents, schools and community groups can visit www.cleanup.org.au or call 1800 282 329 to register a clean-up site or join in as a volunteer. For further information contact Jasmine Payget, Sustainability Education Program, BMCC on 4780 5788 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Photo: Linden resident, Jane Grundy, shows off her lucky find on Clean Up Australia Day, 2011