Sunshine Coast pitches in on national Clean Up day
  • Wednesday 05 March 2014

Sunshine Coasters have literally collected a bus load of rubbish during this year’s Clean Up Australia Day.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said just over 18 tonnes – the equivalent weight of a Sunbus – was collected across the region.

“Just over 1000 local volunteers took part in this year’s Clean Up Australia Day and a total of 18.36 tonnes of rubbish and recyclable items were removed from 76 sites across the Sunshine Coast,” she said.

“Two wallets were also found by registered clean up groups on the day and both were successfully reunited with their very grateful owners.

“Overall it was a fantastic effort for our environment and on behalf of the Sunshine Coast I thank all of those locals who volunteered their time for this great cause on the day.”

Summary of Clean Up Australia Day on the Sunshine Coast:

  • 1019 total registered volunteers
  • 76 registered clean-up sites (29 by schools, two by businesses and 45 by general volunteers)
  • 1106.5 bags of general rubbish collected (15.4 tonnes, 92.4 cubic metres, equivalent to 369 wheelie bins worth of general rubbish)  
  • 213.75 bags of recyclable rubbish collected (2.96 tonnes, 17.76 cubic metres, equivalent to 71.5 wheelie bins worth of recyclable rubbish)
  • Most regular collection site coordinators reported much less general litter than previous years but an increase in illegal dumping sites or larger items e.g. tyres and shopping trolleys.