Registrations are open for Eurobodalla’s largest clean-up event, Clean Up Australia Day, on Sunday 7 March.
With a surge in use of disposable items over the past 12 months due to COVID, Clean Up Australia chairman Pip Kiernan said there had never been a better time to step up to clean up.
“This year has seen disruption to our lives, not least of all to our local environments which have been impacted by increased uptake of single-use, disposable items,” she said.
“By planning ahead and signing up to a Clean Up event, you are making a pledge to help conserve the environment for the long-term future, and taking an important action by stepping up for your community.”
Local Clean Up coordinator Maree Cadman said that over the past 25 years Clean Up had been held in Eurobodalla, volunteers had removed tonnes of litter from local streets, beaches, parks, bushland and waterways.
“Clean Up Australia Day provides the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to get together and help Eurobodalla’s wildlife and natural areas, which continue to recover and regenerate after the bushfires,” she said.
“We can help you find a suitable site, promote a site, or connect you with a group nearby. Those who can’t make it on Sunday March 7 but still want to participate can also register to clean up a site on an alternative day.”
Last year Eurobodalla Clean Up Australia Day volunteers filled 196 hessian bags with rubbish and retrieved an additional 16m³ of discarded furniture, household items, foam, tyres, building materials and more.
Ms Cadman said the health and safety of volunteers was paramount, and precautionary COVID measures were in place this year for participating volunteers.
“Once registered, Clean Up Australia will send your clean up kit, equipped with gloves, bags, hand sanitiser and paperwork,” she said.
“We can provide extra gloves and bags and facilitate collection and disposal of collected litter.”
Above: Sunshine Bay Public School students clean up Caseys Beach on Schools Clean Up Australia Day last year.
Above: Tomakin residents clean up Tomakin Cove and local streets on Clean Up Australia Day last year.