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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

4 March 2005

Call for volunteers to help clean up Australia


Australians are urged to join a clean up squad this weekend for Clean Up Australia Day.

Minister for Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said this

week's Business Clean Up Day was a success — with business bagged an amazing 350 tonnes of waste — but there was plenty of work still to be done.

"Organisers are expecting a good turn out this Clean Up Australia Day, but you always need more hands to rid our coasts, streets and parks of rubbish," Senator Campbell said.

"If you haven't signed up to a site yet, get in touch with Clean Up Australia to make your presence felt.

"It's great to see so many Australians taking waste matters into their own hands. Clean Up Australia Day is one of our truly great national events.

"Last year's Clean Up Australia Day pulled 8383 tonnes of rubbish off the streets - enough to fill over 1600 skips.

"This is one record we don't want to top — and so far it is looking good, with only 12 percent of sites surveyed last year reporting that the amount of rubbish found had increased since 2003.

"The great results from Business Clean Up Day prove we are making progress, but there are still thousands of tonnes of rubbish sitting in our parks, bushland and waterways.

"The majority of waste collected is still consumer rubbish like plastic bags, bottles and packaging, but with volunteer numbers rising last year we're hoping consumers are getting the message to re-think where their household waste goes — recycling is the key.

"Clean Up Australia Day is one of the most satisfying things you can do to help our environment. It is simple, direct — and you see the difference you have made straight away.

Senator Campbell will join a Clean Up squad on Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia.
For more information contact Clean Up Australia on 1800 282 329 or visit www.cleanup.com.au.

Media contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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