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Council calls on volunteers to Step Up to Clean Up

19 February, 2020Posted in: Community, Environment, Events
 

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Wingecarribee Shire Council is encouraging residents and community groups to step up and help keep the Southern Highlands beautiful at a Clean Up Australia Day event on Sunday 1 March 2020.

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Clean Up Australia, the nation’s largest community-based environmental event.

Council’s Sustainability Environmental Project Officer, Marnee Harlor, said it’s a great opportunity for our community to come together and help reduce litter in the environment.

“We have more awareness now than ever about the environmental impact of waste, especially the effect of plastic waste on birds and aquatic life,” she said.

“It is up to all of us to ensure our natural environment is protected and looked after.”

At last year’s Clean Up Australia Day, more than 680,000 volunteers removed over 15,000 trailer loads of rubbish from the 6,901 registered locations across the country.

In the Southern Highlands, around one tonne of rubbish was collected.

Clean Up Australia provides each registered site supervisor with waste bags and promotional materials upon registration, as well as essential equipment such as gloves, a hi-vis vest and a basic first aid kit.

Council organises additional waste services to help collect the rubbish from community clean-up sites.

To find a site near you, visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/join-a-clean-up.

For more information contact Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Environmental Project Officer on phone 4868 0888.