On a mission to kerb roadside litter

Wollongong City Council is supporting a national campaign to reduce roadside rubbish and to keep local streets and waterways litter-free.

The Keep Australia Beautiful campaign coincides with Keep Australia Beautiful Week which runs from Monday August 20 to Sunday August 26.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council wants to protect the city’s natural assets

“We dedicate a lot of resources and money to keeping our streets clean but, unfortunately, a select few people still think it’s acceptable to drop rubbish.’’

According to Keep Australia Beautiful’s National Litter Index our roads and highways are some of the worst areas in the country for the volume of dumped rubbish.

Takeaway wrappers, cups, cigarette butts, drink containers and bottle tops are some of the most common things to be discarded. These aren’t just an eyesore – food scraps, cigarette butts and broken bottles can injury people and animals, as well as increasing the risk of a fire.

“We’ve put together a couple of really easy things everyone can do to keep our city rubbish free. They’re no-brainers really, and if everyone followed these five tips, it would really make a difference to our environment,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

Anti-litter tips:
• Keep a rubbish bag in your car for your litter. If you go for a walk by the sea or a waterway, take the bag with you to put up any litter you might find.
• Always recycle rubbish whenever possible. Don’t throw litter into the gutter as stormwater drains flow into our waterways.
• Secure your garbage bin lid so litter doesn’t blow free when emptied or if overfilled.
• Cigarette butts are the biggest litter item and are harmful to wildlife. Always stub out your butts and put them in a bin, or carry a butt bin with you.
• Pack a waste-free lunch avoiding individual packets, plastic bags or cling wrap. Pack in reusable containers or wraps.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


3 thoughts on “On a mission to kerb roadside litter

  1. It’s a no brainer alright. Ever tried to find a rubbish bin around the beaches or streets? they don’t exist. Council could start with more bins.
    And how we could secure those stupid plastic bin lids I don’t know. If I put a rock on top the bin truck swallows it.


    Posted by Jill Walker | August 21, 2012, 12:41 pm
  2. I’m with you my dog has has so many injuries from glass litter


    Posted by mydogsrecoveryfrombrokenglassinjury | August 24, 2012, 6:19 pm
  3. Along the bike path has several sets of bins, at east Corrimal, beach, Corrimal surf club, Towradgi pools, even with the bins this is what was picked up,

    And that is just one day!


    Posted by Michael Jones | September 15, 2012, 9:14 am

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