THERE’LL be plenty of rubbish come out of hiding across Warrnambool this weekend with three big community clean-up operations.
Students were on the prowl during Schools Clean-Up Day yesterday, nasty household chemicals will be discarded today for Detox Your Home Day while tomorrow, community members will comb beaches and rivers in their efforts for Clean-Up Australia Day.
Many business operators got into the action on Tuesday for National Business Clean- Up Day.
Warrnambool City Council’s Mark Handby and Kate McInnes are co-ordinating the events following the retirement of founding co-ordinator and local laws and health manager Murray Murfett last year.
Mr Handby said the program received strong community support and served as a reminder to keep the city clean.
“We live in a very sensitive coastal environment and it is absolutely crucial we keep the city clean of litter and toxins which can pollute our waterways and harm wildlife,” Mr Handby said.
Residents wanting to use the Detox Your Home free chemical and toxic waste disposal service were required to register online at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 353 233.
Last year Ms McInnes said more than 20,000 kilograms of toxic waste was collected at the Warrnambool saleyards receival depot.
Ms McInnes said chemicals included paint, batteries, gas cylinders, insecticides, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, brake fluid, fuel, coolant, solvent, glue, photographic chemicals and fire extinguishers.
Anyone wanting to help out for Clean-Up Australia Day can meet at the Viaduct Road co-ordination site before the clean-up begins at 10am tomorrow.
The volunteers will be allocated various sites along Warrnambool’s foreshores, creeks, rivers, Lake Pertobe and footpaths.