Volunteers registering to help Clean Up Bingara

February 23, 2012

Bingara has topped the score for site registrations for Clean Up Australia Day 2012 event in North West NSW. Residents of Bingara volunteering in this event are addressing the global issue of litter at our local level.

To quote renowned environmentalist David Suzuki “the greatest source hope for the is that local people will act at the local level to address global problems.”

Nine sites have been registered at Bingara for the offical March 4 Clean Up Australia Day Event. Volunteers registering to help Clean Up Bingara Sites nominated, and the groups cleaning up the sites, include:

  • The Gwydir River – Bingara Anglers Club
  • Batterham’s Lookout – Bingara Lions Club
  • The Rocky Creek Glacial Area – Peter O’Brien and mixed volunteers
  • Whitlow Road – Whitlow Road residents
  • All Nations Hill – Bingara Garden Club
  • ‘The Junction’ (downstream) – Vision 20/20
  • ‘The Gravel Pits’ – Bingara Men’s Shed
  • ‘The Three Mile’ – Elizabeth Kakoschke and mixed volunteers
  • Hall’s Creek – Youth Space

Although site registrations have now closed for the March 4 event to ensure equipment supplies arrive in time, volunteer registrations are still most welcome. Here are some facts to consider regarding why rubbish in our environment is so harmful:

Glass
As well as causing injuries to humans, broken glass is a major hazard for animals. Platypus, for example, are very susceptible to injury from glass (as well as sharp wire and metal) as they go about their daily business of searching for food with their highly sensitive bills.

Plastic
Every year more than 6 million tonnes of rubbish is dumped into the worlds oceans, 80% is plastic Plastic is responsible for the deaths of one million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals per year. Sea turtles often mistake small pieces of plastic for food and fatalities often the result (death from bowel obstruction).

Livestock such as cattle and sheep have also been known to die as a result of eating carelessly discarded plastic Once an animal dies and decomposes, the plastic re-enters the food chain and can potentially kill again. So called “biodegradable bags” cause more widespread pollution than regular plastic bags.

Cigarette Butts
When it rains, cigarette butts are carried from streets via storm drains to rivers, creeks and beaches. It takes about 12 months in fresh water and 5 years in salt water for a cigarette butt to break down. Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of birds, marine mammals and sea turtles on autopsy.

Littered butts seriously reduce the aesthetic quality of an environment and can cause grass and bush fires if discarded when smoldering.

Metal Ring Pulls and Bottle Caps
They are sometimes mistaken by young animals and birds as food (probably beetles) and this often leads to death following ingestion.

Removing rubbish from the environment is a simple but important way of helping the environment and making a difference. The second step is to Rethink, Reuse and Recycle.

Ten Reasons to Join in on Clean Up Australia Day

  • It’s a great excuse to go for a walk.
  • It’s free to participate.
  • It’s a great day to catch up with friends, work as a team and share an achievement.
  • You never know what you might find!
  • You never know what you might see!
  • Many hands make light work.
  • You’ll be helping our local environment.
  • Potentially, you could prevent a rubbish related injury.
  • By participating and showing you care, you might discourage others from littering.
  • The Lions Club cook a delicious barbecue lunch!