I think everyone has seen a Facebook post or other about the littering of our town & beaches. It has become such a hot topic that a new group has started called Clean Up Ceduna
Over the past 24 hours I have read a tourist blog describing The Nullarbor Plain as “The Devil’s Toilet Bowl” with an entire section of the blog devoted to the rubbish littering the road and rest stops along The Nullarbor highway simply titled “UGLY” and subtitled “LITTER”, and reporting the used toilet paper and trash that is left without due care.
Further; I drove to town yesterday and was overcome with embarrassment due to the litter lining the town entrance from the Denial Bay turn off to On the Run in particular. I don’t know if this was due to a load passing through just prior and having trouble containing it’s load or many separate incidences? But …
… Obviously, we have a problem!
Worse, we’re getting a name! And these blogs, especially if they’re free, can remain online forever with no reason to expire! And we have VERY many bloggers and journey documenters passing through every day!
If this is the visual perception of how much anyone cares for the place upon entry – how much respect are we, our town and beaches, likely to receive?
I don’t know if this is a council thing or a highways thing but clearly we have an issue that is too great for whatever/whoever might be in place.
The point is – there’s too much littering happening!
There are people employed to maintain areas, not walk around after everyone ready for when they don’t feel like being responsible, and if this task is too great then when are they supposed to have the time to create wonderful improvements to the town?
So what to do … ?
Like minded people are starting to come together to get proactive on this issue, others have expressed their interest in doing a stroll with the family here and there, as life allows, and others have already begun. One of our members has begun talks with the schools to arrange clean up days, this combined with environmental education aimed at litter and it’s impact could be an amazing initiative all round. Another member, troubled by the amount of glass on Alexanders Beach whilst walking her dog, has begun doing litter pick ups on these walks and has stated her intention to make it a regular task each week along this beach. And, I will be walking the town entrance mentioned above this weekend if the litter is still there.
Ceduna Recycling & Waste Management have offered to donate some bags to our groups efforts, that can be returned and reused. Thank you!
I am extending an invitation to you right now to join our Facebook group Clean Up Ceduna and become active in a way that suits your lifestyle, and another set of eyes to report on any problem areas.
Perhaps some members will be happy to nominate an area that they could caretake?
- A beach or area as a family
- A stretch adjacent your business as a work team
- A spot you can cast an eye over on the way home from work, a small one you can stop into if something has missed the bin, or make a mental note to go back with a bag over the weekend for 10 minutes?
Perhaps some members are happy to join a spot pick up for 30 mins (many hands etc.) when a problem area is identified or someone posts to the group that they will be doing an area pick up on the weekend?
What are your thoughts? Can you help in any way?
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