BIG EFFORT: Andrea Cortez, Deon Richardson, Allison Ingham and Miranda Gallaghan clean up Police Creek in Gladstone during Clean Up Australia Day.
BIG EFFORT: Andrea Cortez, Deon Richardson, Allison Ingham and Miranda Gallaghan clean up Police Creek in Gladstone during Clean Up Australia Day.

Cigarette butts most-collected litter during clean-up

TONNES of litter was bagged during the 25th anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day.

Gladstone region residents are strong supporters of the annual clean-up day and 115 people registered for the event.

Gladstone Regional Council statistics show that cigarette butts continue to account for more than 50% of litter collected in the region, along with fast-food wrappers.

More than 30 official sites were registered throughout the Gladstone region for Sunday's event, including Agnes Water, Miriam Vale, Boyne Island, Tannum Sands, Calliope and Ubobo.

Gladstone region acting Mayor Matt Burnett said the event had a major emphasis on ridding footpaths, roadsides, waterways and beaches of everyday litter.

"Sadly, Gladstone Regional Council statistics show that cigarette butts continue to account for more than 50% of litter collected in the region," Councillor Burnett said.

"Key problem areas are central business districts, outside licensed venues and taxi ranks, around shopping complexes and fast-food outlets, sporting grounds and other recreational and parkland facilities."

"Discarded fast-food wrappers and drink bottles also make up a large portion of the litter collected," Cr Burnett added.

The final volume of rubbish collected at Clean Up Australia Day in the Gladstone region is still being tallied.

10 most-common litter items:

  1. Cigarette butts 29%
  2. Glass alcoholic beverage bottles 6%
  3. Plastic bottle caps and lids 5%
  4. Plastic PET drink containers 4%
  5. Plastic other miscellaneous items 3%
  6. Plastic chips and confectionery wrappers 3%
  7. Metal alcoholic beverage 3%
  8. Metal foil/confectionery wrappers 3%
  9. Metal soft drink bottle 3%
  10. Glass pieces 3%

-Source: Clean Up Australia Day 2014



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