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Council rolls up sleeves for Clean Up Australia Day

1 March, 2012Posted in: Environment, Events
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on local residents to join public registered sites this Sunday 4 March and lend a hand in tidying up the Highlands as part of Clean Up Australia Day.

This year over a dozen Clean Up sites around the Shire including locations in Bowral, High Range, Sutton Forest, Hill Top, Moss Vale, Canyonleigh, Penrose, Mittagong and Joadja have been included in the program.

Council will be collecting rubbish free of charge from registered sites and transporting it to Council’s Resource Recovery Centre.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO is encouraging everyone to do their bit towards protecting local ecosystems while improving the appeal of their area.

“Australians generally do the right thing, but with each one of us producing two tonnes of rubbish every year, there is still too much waste ending up in our natural environment,” Mr Kiernan said.

Last year an estimated 15,000 tonnes of rubbish was collected at over 7,000 sites throughout the country.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Halstead encouraged local residents to get behind the cause.

“Clean Up Australia Day is the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together and help clean up our local parks and waterways and use the day to think of how we can all reduce our impact on the environment,” he said.

“And remember, it’s not too late to get involved, simply go to www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au and choose one of the numerous locations around the Shire participating on the day and register as a volunteer.”

For more information visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone 1800 282 329.