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Whyalla's Clean Up Australia Day is being held on March 4 from Civic Park

Whyalla has jumped on board for this year’s Clean Up Australia Day and there’s still plenty more room on the rubbish-buster bus.

A group of local businesses are supporting this year’s clean-up day next month showing Whyalla people really are committed to keeping our city clean.

These businesses include Cleanaway, Azzopardi Butchers, the French Bread Shop, Centacare and the City of Whyalla.

You can join them on Sunday, March 4 while the Schools Clean Up Day is on Friday, March 2. This year the City of Whyalla registration site will be located at Civic Park with the clean-up going from 10am to 1pm.

clean upRegistration is easy, just come down on the day and register. It is important to wear enclosed footwear, protective clothing and bring your gloves, hat and sunscreen. Council will have a limited supply of bags, sunscreen and gloves.

Did you know that the major sources of rubbish in South Australia are plastic, paper, miscellaneous (with 90% cigarette butts), metal/aluminium and glass? Here in South Australia, we do quite well with the initiatives we already have in place unlike New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia which are yet to implement the container refund scheme or the Say No to Plastic Bags

Another project of Kesab is Say No to Bottle Water – this phenomenon is becoming an increasing problem as people would rather dispose of their plastic water bottles rather than refill them.

Another huge problem area is the increase of people drinking takeaway coffee in disposable coffee cups. It would be far better to have a travel mug in the car and re-use this to get your takeaway coffee. Straws are another large area of concern, so saying no to straws can all help the amount of plastic that is produced and therefore wasted.

All local residents are encouraged to come down and lend a hand and do their bit towards protecting their local environment on March 4. Clean Up Australia Day is the ideal opportunity to get family and friends together. Everyone is welcome – friends, family, kids, community groups, work colleagues, organisations or anyone else.

Think about the places in your local area that are special to you and see if they need some tender loving care. If everyone just gave a little time on Clean Up Australia Day we could clean up more areas than ever before.

For further information contact Joanne at Whyalla City Council on 8640 3444.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The idea of Clean Up Australia Day was founded by Ian Kiernan – skipper of the Spirit of Sydney who raced solo around the world 1987, shocked and disgusted by the amount of rubbish and pollution he saw on his travels.   Once he returned back to Sydney he rallied some community and friends to do a Clean up Sydney Harbour day in 1989 and from there it grew into Clean Up Australia Day with the first Nation wide event in 1990. But this was not enough for Ian who then got United Nations approval to launch Clean up World in 1993.

 

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