Hundreds helping to ‘Clean Up Australia’

WITH rubbish bags at the ready, hundreds of volunteers around Cumberland joined the nation’s largest community-based mobilisation event for Clean Up Australia Day efforts in parks, bushland and creeks on Sunday.

Getting a head start last Tuesday, volunteers joined Clean Up Australia chair Pip Kiernan, Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou, Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis and Councillor Paul Garrard along with a number of council staff to remove rubbish from the Duck River alongside the Webbs Avenue playing fields in Auburn.
Ms Kiernan said she was happy to see more Australians taking note of important conversations about the environmental impacts of waste.
“While there is still considerable work to be done, it is encouraging to see that this year there were notable declines in the volume of plastics, food packaging, and chip and confectionary packets,” she said.
“It reflects the work that Clean Up Australia is doing year-round to reduce the amount of waste and packaging in the environment – and not just clean it up when waste is discarded.
“We need to band together as Australians to tackle the issue of waste and safeguard the environment for future generations, we want Australians to Step Up and think about the positive changes they can make for the environment every day.”