Don’t be a drongo – pick up your litter

Thursday 23 January 2014



Australians will throw away tonnes of extra rubbish this Australia Day long weekend and Keep Australia Beautiful wants it to end up in a bin and not on our beaches, highways or waterways.

Even at Brisbane’s iconic South Bank, 18 tonnes of rubbish including tents, umbrellas, foldout chairs, prams, bathers, bikinis, thongs, sandals, sunscreen, toys, towels and piles of Australia Day paraphernalia will be left.

The patriotic public holiday is one of the year’s worst days for litter.

Keep Australia Beautiful National CEO Peter McLean wants Australians to take some pride in cleaning up their own backyard.

“We all love Australia’s sweeping plains but our volunteers are sick of sweeping drains full of rubbish,” Mr McLean said.

“Let’s take a stand this Australia Day and make sure our natural wonders live up to their world-class reputation.

“If you’re celebrating with a BBQ or picnic, put the rubbish in the bin, put the empty bottles in a recycling station or, if you can’t find one, bag it and take it home.
“It’s up to every one of us to show Mother Nature some respect.”

Mr McLean said most of the extra litter is take-away rubbish and drink containers.
“It’s worst on our beautiful beaches which become a minefield of trash,” he said.

South Bank rubbish report card*:

  • 18 tonnes of rubbish collected over Australia Day weekend – 50% more than a typical Friday to Tuesday period.
  • Cleaners will use about 1,500 x 120 litre rubbish bags, and 1,000 x 240 litre rubbish bags.
  • Approximately 200 jumbo toilet paper rolls will be used, which equates to about 120,000 metres of toilet paper.
  • Strange and unusual items collected will include: tents, prams, umbrellas foldout chairs, bathers, bikinis, thongs, sandals, sunscreen, toys, towels and lots of Australia Day paraphernalia.

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Reid, Sequel Communications: 07 3251 8131 or 0403 090 914

*ISS Facility Services Australia Day 2013 Data

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