CHAMPION COLUMN | Clean up day volunteers help to keep our town tidy

Pitch in for a big clean-up: Community organisations right across this region all help to pick up mounds of rubbish like this.
Pitch in for a big clean-up: Community organisations right across this region all help to pick up mounds of rubbish like this.

Half a million Australians are set to roll up their sleeves as the 30th annual Clean Up Australia Day kicks off next month. Hundreds of local community groups, businesses and schools will host volunteer clean-up events leading up to Sunday, March 3.

It is a great way to give back to community and support the public spaces, parks, bushland and waterways that make Western Sydney a great place to live.

Litter is not only unappealing to look at, it is a huge cost to the community. Collectively, Western Sydney councils spend about $14 million each year on litter management. That is a lot of money that could otherwise be used to provide better services to the community.

An audit conducted by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils found that cigarette butts were the most commonly littered item in Western Sydney, making up over half of all litter. 

Collectively, Western Sydney councils spend about $14 million each year on litter management.

CR BARRY CALVERT

Litter also has significant environmental impacts. Cigarette butts and plastics do not break down naturally and will eventually find their way into waterways leaching toxic chemicals and creating hazards for wildlife.

So why not register for a Clean Up Australia Day event in your local area? If you haven’t participated before, I urge you to become part of the solution by getting involved in making your community a better, cleaner, healthier place.

Find a Clean Up Australia Day event near you, or create your own: cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.

CR BARRY CALVERT

President, WSROC

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