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Emalee Kinsella (centre) from Positive Change for Marine Life and Karen Rudkin (3 rd
on left) from NE Waste at Banner Park, Brunswick with volunteers and the litter collected at the first
‘Pick It Up and Bin It’ park clean up. Photo supplied.

It may have looked pretty clean but the volunteers who launched the ‘Pick It Up and Bin It’ project at Banner Park in Brunswick on Saturday there was still plenty of rubbish to collect.

More than 36 litres of mostly small litter items including hundreds of cigarette butts, bits of plastic, straws and take away food and drink containers were collected.

‘In the Northern Rivers so many of our beautiful parks and open spaces are close to creeks, rivers and the ocean. That means that littered items don’t have far to travel before they end up entering and polluting our waterway,’ said Karen Rudkin, Litter Project Coordinator from North East Waste.

Emalee Kinsella from Positive Change for Marine Life at Banner Park, Brunswick with
volunteers and the litter collected at the first ‘Pick It Up and Bin It’ park clean up. Photo supplied.

The aim of the ‘Pick It Up and Bin It’ project as well as reducing litter in foreshore parks and reserves, is to help create a culture of litter awareness and prevention by building the capacity of the community to get involved in caring for their local environment. Get involved

Project partner and advocates for marine conservation, Positive Change For Marine Life are supervising the Brunswick clean ups. If you’d like to get involved and support positive change in your community, get down to Banner Park in Brunswick Heads on Saturday 19 th May at 2pm, pull on some gloves and join the team to ‘Pick It Up and Bin It for a Cleaner World’.

This project is funded through the NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More initiative and is part of the state wide ‘Don’t be a Tosser!’ campaign.


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