Residents encouraged to help Clean Up Australia

This Sunday volunteers around the country will participate in Clean Up Australia Day. For 30 years Australians have been coming together to Clean Up Australia and in that time, 16 million people have donated 33 million hours of work – equivalent to 350,000 ute loads of rubbish.

In 2017, cigarette butts made up 15.2% of reported individual rubbish followed by alcoholic beverage bottles (5%), chip & confectionery wrappers (4.9%), plastic packaging (4.8%) and plastic bottle caps & lids (4.7%).

The Ararat Rural City Council is coordinating a Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday and is encouraging local residents to volunteer and give the Council a hand to clean up the local area.

Registrations can be made from 8am at the Ararat Grampians Visitor Information Centre, 91 High Street with the last rubbish collection at 12pm.

“Volunteers return the collected bags of rubbish to the visitor centre so that Council can sort and dispose of those at our transfer station,” Council CEO Dr Harrison said.

AC News coverage will continue on Sunday.