Saturday 19 January 2008

Clean up your place

Before we clean up the Council on March 15th, you can help clean up our own backyard on Sunday March 2nd.

It's easy. Identify a spot that needs a spring clean in your neighbourhood, and co-ordinate a group of friends. Then simply fill in the details at the Clean Up Australia Day website.

Once on the website, you can invite others to help out. You can telephone Clean Up Australia on 1800 282 8200.

Register your Clean Up site here. Prior to the day, you will receive a kit with bags, gloves and volunteer information.

There is also a Schools Clean Up Day and this will be held on Friday 29 February. A business clean up day will also be held.

If you simply want to help out on the day, find a clean up site and register to volunteer.

So far, Arthur Street Bushland in Manunda and Lions Park in Earlville are online. There will also be a beach clean up at Buchans Point.

Cairns City Council are again working closely with Clean Up Australia Day. If you register to co-ordinate a local clean up site, they will assist you. Council will also collect full rubbish bags. For the last two years, Council staff have travelled around the Cairns' sites and provided cold drinks to the volunteers.

Make a fun day of it, and make a real difference.

Some dirty facts...
  • Australians are among the highest producers of waste, per person, in the world.
  • An estimated 7 billion cigarette butts end up in Australian waterways, streets and parklands each year.
  • 80 million plastic bags are dumped in Australia each year - creating a serious threat to our precious marine life.
  • 37% of all items collected on Clean Up Australia Day 2004 were plastic - recycling one tonne of plastic saves enough energy to run a refrigerator for a month.
  • Recyclable material makes up almost 80% of total household waste in Australia.
  • To date, Clean Up Australia Day participants have collected over 200,000 tonnes of rubbish - that's 4.7 million household wheelie bins!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do hope Council health inspectors are going to make a call on Max Brown and get him to clean out and up his swimming pool which last time I saw it, it was a public health risk!