Clean up Australia Day 2023

Clean up Australia Day 2023 was a huge success! We collected more litter than ever before, with volunteers from all around Bayside coming together to make a difference.

The event was an amazing display of community spirit, with people of all ages and backgrounds taking part in the clean-up. A group from Haileybury Dickinson House, local Scouts, Brad Rowswell MP, and Councillor Fiona Stitfold all joined in, along with the dedicated regular 3191 Sandringham Beach Patrol volunteers. From picking up litter on beaches and parks to helping audit the litter, it was inspiring to see everyone come together for such a great cause.

Some of the most common items found on the day were plastic and glass bottles, cans, textiles, soft plastics, takeaway cups, lids, cigarette butts and straws. We also found a variety of unusual items, including two traffic cones, odd shoes, an L-plate, tennis balls, a pair of glasses, two books, a full packet of biscuits and a large toy T-Rex.

The litter was found within a 3km radius in and around Sandringham foreshore and Yacht Club area with much of the litter found in natural habitats that are home to an abundance of native wildlife.

The litter found on the day is an important reminder that we need to take action to reduce our littering habits and start taking responsibility for our environment. We can start by properly disposing of these items instead of throwing them away carelessly. We can also make sure that we recycle as much as possible so that these materials don't end up in landfills or oceans where they can cause harm to wildlife and nature. Let's all do our part in keeping our planet clean!

A special thanks is given to 3191 Sandringham Beach Patrol and Love Our Street Sandringham for their help in planning and delivering the day. These group of volunteers make a huge difference in our community by hosting regular litter collection events all year long. If you'd like to get involved in a regular clean up with them, please visit Beach Patrol.

Lastly, we want to thank everyone who took part in Clean up Australia Day 2023 - your hard work and dedication made this event even more successful than before and helped keep Bayside litter free!

Count of most common items found on the day -

• 171 cans

• 124 glass bottles

• 114 bottle tops

• 91 plastic bottles

• 58 coffee and other cups

• 25 straws

• HUNDREDS of cigarette butts.

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