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Greencap Proud Gold Business Supporter of Clean Up Australia Day 2021
Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. Today, their focus is as much on preventing rubbish entering our environment as it is removing what has already accumulated but the annual events still provide a much-needed boost towards keeping Australia clean!
Greencap is proud to have a long running association with Clean Up Australia, holding annual clean up events for over a decade and running a coordinated national response as a Silver Business Supporter since 2017.
As a Gold Business Supporter of Clean Up Australia Day in 2021, Greencap team members took up the challenge to address the impact of widespread pollution and join the fight against litter. With COVID-safe events organised around the official Business Clean Up Australia Day (Tuesday March 2) by 7 Greencap offices nationally, over 50 Greencap team members have stepped up to clean up and remove rubbish and other pollutants from their local environment.
Equipped with yellow gloves and hessian bags, teams scoured through local parklands, to collect numerous bags of recyclables, decaying plastic bags, cigarette butts, face masks and a number of other less conventional items such as office chairs, car wheels and tyres, sandwich presses and shovels that were also uncovered.
About Clean up Australia
Clean Up Australia was formed over 30 years ago by the late Ian Kiernan AO, who had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard and is now the nation's largest community-based environmental event.
Australians produce 500kg of household waste per person, each year, and it is estimated about 130,000 tonnes of Australian plastic ends up in waterways and oceans each year.
Plastic is a major concern for the environment due to its resistance in breaking down and the dangerous consequence it poses on marine life if it ends up in waterways. Cigarette butts, straws, beverage containers and plastic bottle caps represent a consistent and unwanted presence in our environments. The efforts of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers (700k in 2018) that participated in this year’s Clean Up events is a positive environmental action, but more work is needed.
As Pip Kernan (Chairman, Clean Up Australia) declares:
“Change starts with you!”
Greencap acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.