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Stepping up to clean up

Josie Banens | February 2020

Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of paying to go into a gym to exercise, we used that time and energy to get outdoors and clean up our city at no cost for the benefit of our environment, at least once a year?

That’s what more than 2800 people on the Gold Coast did last year as part of the biggest Clean Up Australia Day ever.

And boy did they work up a sweat. Around 320 tonnes of rubbish was collected across the Gold Coast last year. That’s equivalent to around 320 small cars worth of rubbish – the largest volume of rubbish collected since 1997.

Of course it’s not about getting active. Our natural areas and waterways and in turn our birds, turtles, fish, dolphins and other sea life depend on us to remove our rubbish which becomes microplastic.

So far this year there are more than 90 clean up sites registered on the Gold Coast – a higher number than usual at this time – so we expect there will be an increase of participation once again!

With all the rain the Gold Coast has received recently, rubbish including plastic is being washed into our waterways and washing up on our beaches. There’s never been a better time to join a beach or river clean up.

Gold Coasters take pride in our beautiful beaches and pristine hinterland. On this 30 year anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day, families, schools, young people and especially businesses around the Gold Coast are being encouraged to participate, partner or donate, and Step up to Clean up.

Clean Up Australia Day is being held on Sunday 1 March with School Clean Up Day and Youth Clean Up Day being held on Friday 28 February. There are even lesson plans available for primary and high school teachers.

Businesses can increase team cohesion and fulfil corporate social responsibility be registering a Business Clean Up on Tuesday 25 February or providing funds to support the work of Clean Up Australia.

To register visit cleanup.org.au

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