Cleanaway teams from across Australia recently took to our local streets, parks and waterways for Clean Up Australia 2019. For Cleanaway, it was the perfect opportunity to engage businesses and communities with the sustainability message and inspire action for a sustainable future.
BridgeClimb for Clean Up Sydney Harbour’s 30th Anniversary
This year marks Clean Up Sydney Harbour’s 30th anniversary, the event that sparked Clean Up Australia. To celebrate the milestone there were a number of significant events around the harbour including, a Clean Up Australia bridge climb! NSW Senior Education Officer, Blessing Uwagboe along with other Clean Up Australia sponsors and ambassadors climbed one half of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to its highest point. After the climb was a clean up of the harbour where 50 bags of rubbish were removed.
The Cleanaway team spent two hours cleaning up the area outside the Rutherford Waste Oil Collection facility. After two hours, an ute-load of litter was collected and separated according to glass, recyclable and non-recyclable waste. Larger items, like a mattress, were picked up by the Maitland council.
A 15-member Cleanaway team (and their kids!) set out to clean up a site at Lesmurdie Falls National Park. The team found the park to be relatively clean but still found plenty of cigarette butts, glass, energy drink cans and balloons.
West Footscray, Victoria
Our Liquids Sales team in Victoria visited an industrial area in West Footscray that benefitted from a clean up. Cigarette butts were the most common litter item picked up, making up about 70-80% of all items collected. Other strange litter items were also dicovered, including a plait of hair and an unopened bag of ham hocks.
St Kilda, Victoria
Cleanaway Head Office and the Vic Sales team joined forces to clean up along St Kilda beach. Cigarette butts and bottle tops were the main litter items found, making up an estimated 60% and 30% of all rubbish. The most unusual items collected were a Barbie shoe, a power adaptor, a big steak knife and one team member even found $20! In total the group collected 5 1/2 full bags of waste and two bags of recycling. The City Of Port Phillip collected the day’s litter haul for disposal and recycling.
New Farm Park, Queensland
Joined by teams from Brisbane’s CitySmart and Brisbane City Council (BCC), 60 Cleanaway team members spent the day cleaning up the park area. Also in attendance for the second year in a row was Dudley the dog, proudly wearing his Cleanaway blues and mini wheelie bins. Councillor Vicki Howard welcomed everyone to the event and at the end of the clean up the local soccer club treated the volunteers to a BBQ.
Eastern Creek, NSW
The Eastern Creek Cleanaway and TOMRA Cleanaway team members pooled their time and resources for a clean up session around the Eastern Creek and Blacktown areas. By the end 15 bags of rubbish were collected with 60% of waste collected being plastic, bottle lids and drink labels. Other notable items picked up included a flare, some gas bottles, cigarette butts, and plastic bags. Eligible drink containers were returned to nearby CDS Reverse Vending Machines, with proceeds donated to Clean Up Australia.
Our Homebush Sales and Operations team members partnered with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority to clean up wetlands and swamp grounds in the area.
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