This year is the 25th anniversary of the launch of Clean Up Australia Day.
Since the national event started in 1990,
Australians have donated more than 27 million hours of their own time to clean
up local streets, bushland, parks and waterways.
In all, it’s estimated that communities
across Australia have removed around 288,650 tonnes of rubbish from 145,754
sites across the country.
One of the most alarming statistics is that
beverage containers make up a staggering 40% of all dumped rubbish, according
to last year’s figures.
Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and Founder of
Clean Up Australia Day, said: “It is disgraceful that beverage container
rubbish continues to be such a major rubbish problem,” he said.
“The results of the latest Rubbish Report
demonstrate once again that the NSW government is doing the right thing by
supporting the launch of a container deposit scheme like that enjoyed by the
people of SA and NT.”
“I urge the people of NSW to put themselves
in the picture in 2015 to clean up your local streets, parks, bushland and
waterways on Sunday, March 1, to Clean Up Australia.”
To register your street, a local reserve,
bushland, school or business as a clean-up site or to find out where you can
volunteer locally on Clean Up Australia Day, go to: www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au