The Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group is very passionate about cleaning up Lane Cove and reducing the amount of landfill
On Clean Up Australia Day a record 94 volunteers cleaned up the Mowbray Precinct. The event, hosted by The Stringybark Creek Residents Association and supported by the Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group, brought young and old together to join forces in a massive clean up as part of Clean Up Australia.
Whilst the area may have looked “quite clean” to the passerby, residents filled 49 bags with litter from the bush and along the creek, a total weight of approximately 410 kg. The collection included 775 bottles and cans, 15 kg broken glass, a host of building materials, car parts, hundreds of plastic bags, snack wrappers etc.
Although there was a great community spirit present, the question does arise: Why do we need to clean up after others? The vast majority of litter items collected was in someone’s hand at some point. What can we do to change human behaviour in order to have a different outcome?
The Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group support a multi-tiered approach to reducing litter, which includes fines, the long awaited 10c deposit scheme on bottles and cans, a ban on single use plastic bags and not least of all education. Australians care about their environment and will continue to clean up but the LSAG does not want to see councils and governments take steps to turn off the litter producing tap at the other end for the sake of those who inherit the planet we leave behind.
If you are interested in joining the Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group contact Sjirk Bangma on 0418 613 740
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