Council encourages Brisbane to Clean up Australia

Brisbane City Council is encouraging residents to help make the city a cleaner and greener place to live, work and relax by getting involved this Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 5 March.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council was proud to support the national event which encouraged volunteers to head to their local park, beach, bushland and streets to collect and remove rubbish.

“Every year, thousands of Australians take part in Clean Up Australia Day, with volunteers from the community, schools and businesses banding together to help clean up, fix up and conserve the local environment,” Cr Quirk said.

“Clean Up Australia Day 2016 was a huge success in Brisbane, with 14,543 volunteers across 272 registered sites removing an estimated 598.4 tonnes of rubbish from our precious environment.

“This year Council achieved a 100 per cent carbon neutral status for the first time, and we are committed to continuing to fulfil our vision for a clean, green and sustainable Brisbane.

“We are asking Brisbane residents to get behind this important event for another year, and join us in ensuring our city is clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy and be proud of.”

Cr Quirk encouraged the community to get involved in Clean Up Australia Day while also reminding residents that litter prevention is a year-round commitment.

“Council undertakes a range of initiatives to encourage residents to dispose of their waste responsibly, such as free annual kerbside collection for large items, free waste vouchers and free recycling at our four dedicated Resource Recovery Centres,” he said.

“Council also works around the clock to protect our natural areas by conducting bushland preservation, conservation programs, planting programs and wildlife protection programs.

“By picking up rubbish, residents can do their bit to protect our waterways and natural environment and contribute to our vision of a clean, green and litter-free city.”

Since the national event started in 1990, Australians have devoted more than 31 million hours taking to their streets, bushland, parks and waterways on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 331,000 tonnes of rubbish from sites across the country.

In addition to the nationwide event on Sunday 5 March, a Business Clean Up Day will be held on Tuesday 28 February and a Schools Clean Up Day will be held on Friday 3 March.

For more information on Clean Up Australia Day visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] 28 FEBRUARY, 2017