EPA participates in Business Clean Up Australia Day

The NSW Environment Protection Authority participated in the Clean Up Australia, Business Clean Up Day, with 30 staff collecting 10 bags of waste from parks and public areas in Armidale, Parramatta and Sydney CBD.

Armidale branch collected the biggest volume of waste, including a discarded shopping trolley, gumboots and a road works witch’s hat.

Cigarette butts were the most common waste at the Sydney and Parramatta sites, with hundreds collected.

Across all four locations, staff also found food packaging, plastic bags, many small items such as the lids of soy sauce fishes, plastic straws, and screws and bolts. Odd finds included a set of number plates, a child’s stroller, a curtain, and coat hangers.

Staff who participated said they enjoyed the team effort, doing something ‘hands-on and useful’ for their local community.

Businesses across Australia registered over 450 locations for 2019 Business Clean Up Day on 26 February. This event is organised by Clean Up Australia to encourage the business community to champion improved environmental practices by removing rubbish accumulating in local parks, bushland, beaches and suburban streets.