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CALL TO CLEAN UP GEELONG RUBBISH HOT SPOT BARWON RIVER

Call to clean up Geelong rubbish hot spot Barwon River

Media Call - 16 February 2010 

On Tuesday 16th February 2010, Clean Up Australia Day Founder Ian Kiernan AO, Michael Crutchfield MLA, Parliamentary Secretary, Water Environment and Climate Change and students from the Barwon Heads Primary School will roll up their sleeves and pickup rubbish along Geelong’s Barwon River.

They will be preparing for Clean Up Australia Day, calling on regional communities to get involved in the event’s 20th national anniversary on 7 March 2010.


WHAT: Michael Crutchfield MLA, Parliamentary Secretary, Water Environment and Climate Change, students from the Barwon Heads Primary School and Clean Up Australia Day Founder Ian Kiernan AO pick up rubbish as they survey Barwon River trouble spots in preparation Clean Up Australia Day

WHEN: Tuesday 16th February 2010, 11am
            
WHERE: Moonah Park, River Parade, Barwon Heads, Barwon River
             Melways Ref 484, A10

FAST FACTS

  • Cigarette butts accounted for 13% of all rubbish collected from sites around VIC. This was a decrease from 2008 when cigarette butts accounted for 16% of all rubbish found
  • The most rubbish removed across surveyed sites in VIC was plastic, totalling 28% of all rubbish counted. These included plastic bags, chips and confectionary packets, PET drink containers, bottle caps and lids and general packaging
  • Chips and confectionary bags/wrappers were the 4th most found item. Almost 4066 of these items were removed by volunteers across the state last year
  • VIC and NSW recorded more polystyrene than any other states, accounting for 4% of all rubbish
  • Of all the rubbish surveyed in VIC, 47% could have been recycled through normal kerbside collections
  • Glass alcohol bottles and metal alcohol cans were the 2nd (5th in 2008) and 3rd (4th in 2008) biggest rubbish offenders for 2009
  • Victorian beaches and coastal areas are most affected by littering; with surveyed sites in 2009 recording an average of 805 rubbish items per site. This is almost a three-fold increase on 2008 figures, when beaches and coastal areas recorded an average of 297 items per site


Top 5 rubbish items collected in VIC in 2009 were:

  1. Cigarette Butts    
  2. Glass Alcoholic Beverage Bottles    
  3. Metal/Aluminium Alcoholic Beverage Cans    
  4. Plastic Chips & Confectionary wrappers    
  5. Glass pieces

Most Polluted Sites:
The most polluted site types in 2009 (and average number of rubbish items found per site):

  • Beach/coastal areas (805)
  • Roadways (585)
  • School Grounds (477)

Media Enquiries:
Sophie Coleman 02 8260 2841 / 0406 648 144 or Georgina Morris 02 8260 2842/ 0433 469 961 cleanup@thisismango.com.au  

 
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