1 March, 2019 15:34
Queensland Urban Utilities is teaming up with kids from the Tangalooma EcoMarines to combat plastic litter and raise money for a good cause this Clean Up Australia Day.
This is the first Clean Up Australia Day where Queenslanders can get 10c back on eligible containers under the Containers for Change scheme, which began in November 2018.
Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, Sarah Owens, said apart from helping the environment, the scheme provided an added incentive to participating in this year’s Clean Up.
“Last year, drink containers were one of the most collected items on Clean Up Australia Day, accounting for nearly one in every five items picked up across the nation,” she said.*
“By focussing on single use drink bottles this year, you can not only reduce plastic litter in our waterways but also help your hip pocket – or better still, raise money for your community organisation or charity.
“Of course prevention is always better than the cure, and an easy way to stop single use plastic ending up as litter is to carry to carry a reusable water bottle and fill up on tap water.”
Queensland Urban Utilities and the Tangalooma EcoMarines will lead the plastic purge at Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point, this Sunday.
Eligible containers will be taken to Containers for Change collection points. All money raised will go to the Tangalooma EcoMarines, a community group which empowers children with the knowledge to help preserve Moreton Bay.
Tangalooma EcoMarines spokesperson, Kylie Roche, said that single use plastic containers often ended up in our waterways.
“Littered drink containers can wash into our creeks and rivers, harming our marine life and spoiling Moreton Bay.
“Through the container refund scheme, we’re hoping to raise hundreds of dollars for the Ecomarines to help educate the next generation of conservation leaders.”
*Source: Clean Up Australia Rubbish Report, 2018.