Every now and then, Mid-Western Regional residents get hot under the collar about a lot of rubbish.
Complaints about litter come in the form of letters to the editor complaining about an untidy council waste transfer station, a phone call complaining about a local eyesore, or a concerned citizen calling on council to take action on litter in an open day address.
No one wants to see litter and rubbish littering our roadsides, public parks and waterways.
Strangely, though, when Clean Up Australia Day rolls around, the residents of the Mid-Western Regional Council aren’t the greatest of supporters.
Apart from the annual efforts of the Scouts and schools, the region’s Clean Up Australia Day efforts in recent years have consisted of isolated groups cleaning up along the river or at Kains Flat.
It seems that litter is something that everyone else creates and that someone else should be doing something about.
Since Clean Up Australia Day has been held at the same time of the year for the past 24 years, saying “I didn’t know it was on” doesn’t really wash as an excuse anymore.
And there’s no shortage of litter hotspots around the region that could do with a clean up. Country drivers have been identified as amongst the worst litterers in a recent Keep Australia Beautiful report, which found Australians throw 30.5 items of litter out of the car for every 1000 square metres of highway
With the 25th Clean Up Australia Day to be held in March, it would be great to see the Mid-Western Region showing a little more enthusiasm for keeping its patch of Australia beautiful.
Registrations are open now at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/