The nation-wide event is a perfect opportunity for residents to pitch in and help clean up the debris washing into drains and onto beaches after the recent wet weather.
As part of the Clean Up Australia Day program, Business Clean Up Day is set for Tuesday (26 February) and the official Schools Clean Up Day is programmed for this Friday 1 March.
Several volunteer community groups and individuals have registered their sites in the local area, and information on sites nearest you is available at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org, where you can conveniently search your postcode.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said Clean Up Australia Day provided a great opportunity for the community to pitch in and help reduce our impact on the environment.
“We’re inviting local people to pick out their favourite spot to clean up on the day – it might be a local park, beach, walking trail, or bush reserve,” he said.
“Council will provide free waste disposal as well as arrange waste and recyclables collection for all registered areas in the Sunshine Coast region at the event.
“We received overwhelming community support last year – people helping out during Clean Up Australia Day on the Coast removed 23 tonnes of rubbish and collected almost two tonnes of recyclables. The most interesting item collected last year was a safe.”
“This was a fantastic effort and we’re hoping to see this support continue.”
In 2012, an estimated 591,400 volunteers cleaned up 16,169 tonnes at 7,363 sites right across Australia. This year, 6026 Clean Up Sites have already been registered – but we can do better! Join a team and get involved by volunteering at a site near you to Clean Up Australia on Sunday, 3 March 2013.
All site coordinators recommend that volunteers ‘slip, slop, slap’ and wear suitable clothing with covered–in footwear. Gloves are supplied at most sites, but it’s a good idea to bring your own if unsure.
Key dates for Clean Up Australia Day 2013:
- Community Clean Up Day: Sunday 3rd March 2013
- Schools Clean Up Day: Friday 1st March 2013
- Business Clean Up Day: Tuesday 26th February 2013
For more information, visit the Clean Up Australia Day website.