South Grafton High School students (from left) Chezarne Cuffe, Ruby Plesman, Josh Dennis and Tahlia Rose clean up.
South Grafton High School students (from left) Chezarne Cuffe, Ruby Plesman, Josh Dennis and Tahlia Rose clean up.

Low turnout but big clean-up

THEIR numbers may not have been great but volunteers at yesterday’s Clean Up Australia Day helped make a big difference to the environment.

After 20 years, the ongoing work of the community clean-up campaign means there are fewer dramatic finds – such as car bodies and tyres – these days but there was still enough rubbish to keep those on litter patrol busy yesterday.

Wendy Plater of Maclean Landcare had 14 registered volunteers who concentrated on the town’s CBD and filled about 20 bags.

“There was quite a lot that we found, including beer bottles and cans,” Wendy said.

“Something else that was regularly found were small salt, pepper and sugar packets that probably were part of takeaway meals.

“Picnic areas also had plenty of rubbish that should have been in the bins provided.”

While the Maclean volunteers included three young people, Wendy said she was disappointed with the turnout from other community groups.

“A bit more networking next year might help,” she said.

There was also a small turnout at McDonald’s Grafton, where the volunteers cleaned up in a two-kilometre radius of the fast food store.

McDonald’s manager Anthony Fergusson said while he would have liked more help, the staff members and volunteers filled six bags.



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