EPA helps out at Business Clean Up Australia Day

The EPA lent a hand in the Clean Up Australia, Business Clean Up Day, with teams of staff collecting dozens of bags of waste from parks and public areas in Coffs Harbour, Parramatta, Newcastle and Dubbo.

Across all four locations, staff also found food packaging, plastic bags, discarded cardboard packaging and many small items such as the lids of soy sauce fishes, broken glass, plastic straws, and screws and bolts. Odd finds included a car aerial and P-plates.

Cigarette butts were the most common waste at the Parramatta site, with hundreds collected. They are consistently the most littered item in NSW every year.

A fifth team at Armidale was hampered by wet weather and planned to resume their clean-up a few days later. Staff who participated said they enjoyed the team effort, doing something ‘hands-on and useful’ for their local community.

Business Clean Up Day is organised by Clean Up Australia to encourage the business community to champion improved environmental practices. This involves removing rubbish accumulating in local parks, bushland, beaches and suburban streets.