Don’t be an Australia Day punk – pick up your junk

Tuesday 20 January 2015



Aussies are being urged NOT to take a ‘she’ll be right mate’ attitude when it comes to leaving litter behind this Australia Day long weekend.

Keep Australia Beautiful said it’s a fair dinkum fact that Australians will throw away tonnes of extra rubbish while patriotically partying over the long weekend.

National CEO Peter McLean said Keep Australia Beautiful is reminding all Aussies, from the back of burke to the big smoke, to do the right thing and put it in the bin.

“Whether it’s a barbie with mates or dusting off the budgie smugglers and bikinis for a beach break, let’s not forget why we’re celebrating this great country,” Mr McLean said.

“Tonnes of rubbish including ciggies, tinnies, tents, chairs, thongs and piles of Australia Day paraphernalia are expected to be left by revellers in the hangover.

“We need to be true blue in protecting our natural wonders and that includes making sure our rubbish goes in the bin.  There’s no excuse to be a bin bludger either, if you can’t find one, bag it and take it with you.”

A recent three year CSIRO and Earthwatch marine debris survey found that the majority of coastal debris, which can have a devastating impact on our environment, comes from Australian sources and is not carried by currents from elsewhere.[i]

“Aussies need to take a ridgy didge look at themselves this weekend and take some pride and responsibility in cleaning up our own backyard,” Mr McLean said.

Celebratory stuff aside, Mr McLean said its Aussie smokers who are still the country’s worst litterers.

“According to the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index 2013-14 23 ciggie butts are collected per 1,000m2 nationally and while this has actually decreased over the past five years, one littered butt is still one too many,” Mr McLean said.

“Plastic objects contributed the largest amount of volume to the litter stream in 2013/14 accounting for 1.89 litres of volume per 1,000m2 across all sites nationally.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Zoe Russell, Sequel Communications: 07 3251 8142 or 0403 090 911

About Keep Australia Beautiful: Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, Adopt a Patch, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

The KAB National website is where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index, which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.



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