Monday, 07 March 2016 16:56

Clean up Western Sydney all year round

Media release, 7 March, 2016

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) are urging residents to keep cleanliness up following an enthusiastic turn out at local Clean up Australia Day events on the weekend.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Western Sydney residents put in a first-class effort on the weekend and we want to see this momentum continue throughout the rest of the year.”

“Clean Up Australia Day is a great reminder that we can all contribute to keeping our communities clean and that everyone has a role in litter prevention; not just on Clean Up Australia Day, but all year round,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Picking up litter comes at a great cost to councils and by extension, our rate payers,” he said.

“Collectively, Western Sydney councils spent in excess of $9.35 million dollars cleaning up the region in 2014/15 1. Money which could have otherwise been spent on providing improved community facilities and services,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“The most commonly littered item is cigarette butts which can make up as much as 81 per cent of litter in key hot spots,” he said.

“Ensuring we always put our litter straight in the bin, and pick up if we see it, can reduce the amount of money councils need to spend on litter management,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Hopefully next year we will be able to report a decrease in the amount of litter across our region,” he said.


Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1 WSROC Regional Litter Baseline Study (in progress).

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