CLEANING a city is everyone's job and a task an environmental campaigner says brings communities together in a year spent largely apart.
Beach Patrol's Colleen Hughson wants volunteers to don gloves, masks and unfurl bags to take to their streets, parks and beaches on Sunday to remove single-use plastic litter as part of a Spring Clean Your Patch event.
People are not encouraged to collect rubbish in groups due to COVID-19, but focus on their immediate surrounds and regular walking patterns and post pictures and data online.
Ms Hughson said floods last week increased litter on river banks surrounding Warrnambool.
"It switches your thinking," she said. "We are all responsible for waste and litter, if we want a nice town that's aesthetically pleasing when we go for a walk, it's really up to us to keep it clean."
She said volunteers could download a Litter Stopper app and the data on "litter hot-spots" would be used to lobby the state government for a container deposit scheme and to assist Warrnambool City Council with bin placement.
"The Warrnambool City Council do keep it very clean and that probably goes unnoticed by a lot of people. There are also people in town who do that," Ms Hughson said.
"Locally we can see if there are a few litter hotspots. We can see that data go to the city council and say 'hey this area could do with some more bins or signage'."
More information is on Beach Patrol 3280's social media page.
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