Anita Lee and Peter Coyle do their bit during Clean Up Australia Day in Coffs Harbour.
Anita Lee and Peter Coyle do their bit during Clean Up Australia Day in Coffs Harbour. Liegh Jensen

Trolley loads of trash

THE Coffs Coast is now a much brighter and cleaner place thanks to the small army of volunteers prepared to get their hands dirty.

Clean Up Australia Day yesterday marked its 21st anniversary in true style as the many helpers donned gloves, hats, sturdy shoes and sunblock as they moved out to clean their community, from parks and beaches to bushland and local streets.

Lillian Livermore has been involved in the nationwide campaign from day one and she was in charge of the Rotary Park site opposite the Coffs Harbour City Council chambers yesterday.

“We just like to see our surroundings clean,” Mrs Livermore said. “We’ve been involved since it first came to Coffs Harbour. My husband and I enrolled down at the surf club all those years ago.”

Mrs Livermore had as many as 10 volunteers working in her patch and they found loads of rubbish which had to be hauled away.

“We filled four recycling bags and four rubbish bags and found four shopping trolleys,” she said.

“We found nothing unusual but there were plenty of bottles and cans and cigarette butts.

“One thing we have noticed is the litter is getting less each year.”

The chairman of Clean Up Australia, Ian Kiernan, said every individual was able to make a difference to the health of the environment and at the same time become more involved in their community.

Over the past two decades, an estimated 237,500 tonnes of waste has been removed from the environment nationally on Clean Up Australia Day.

But with every Australian producing about two tonnes of garbage a year, there is still plenty of work to be done.

Yesterday, more than 20 clean-up sites were registered throughout the Coffs Harbour local government area from Corindi to Karangi.



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