Roads and waterways cleaned for Clean Up Australia Day

3 MARCH 2017

Roads and Maritime Services crews will once again be out in force as part of a state wide maintenance campaign to support Clean Up Australia Day this Sunday 5 March.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said extra maintenance work has been scheduled across NSW in the lead up to Clean Up Australia Day to ensure the more than 18,000 kilometres of State Road, 2137 kilometres of coastline and 32,242 square kilometres of waterways managed by Roads and Maritime are clean and tidy.

“Clean Up Australia Day is an annual event aimed at reducing litter across the country and Roads and Maritime is proud to be taking part,” the spokesperson said.

“Unfortunately many people treat NSW waterways and roads like rubbish dumps. In Sydney alone, Roads and Maritime collects approximately 25-55 cubic metres of rubbish from major road corridors each week.

“Roads and Maritime invests more than $9 million each year to clean up roadside litter, illegal dumping, graffiti and vegetation from our major road corridors across the state.

“In the lead up to Clean Up Australia Day, our maintenance crews will undertake additional clean-ups, including litter pick-up and rubbish and graffiti removal across our road and waterway network.”

The spokesperson said the Roads and Maritime Young Professionals Network will also support Clean Up Australia Day by leading a community clean up around the Kissing Point foreshore on Wednesday 15 March.

“It shows litter management doesn’t begin and end this weekend but needs to be considered all year round.

“Maritime’s Environmental Services team will continue its focus on daily activities to make our waterways amongst the cleanest in Australia.

“Each month Roads and Maritime contributes to the cleaning of 211 identified sites across Sydney Harbour. In January 2017 this included more than 1800 site visits and the collection of 154 Cubic Meters of litter from Sydney Harbour’s 5020 hectares of waterways and 316 kilometres of foreshores.”

Clean Up Australia is a not-for-profit charity which relies on donations from individuals and businesses to help fund the free materials provided to thousands of volunteers at community sites.


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