The 29th Clean Up Australia Day will be held on Sunday, March 4. With over 3,000 clean up sites registered across Australia, and sites registered in Nundah, Wavell Heights, Hendra and Nudgee there is no excuse for locals not to take part.
We asked Nundah local and eco warrior, Rachel Long, what Nundah locals can do to become more environmentally aware. Rachel, who documents her clean up efforts on her Instagram page @memoriesandmud, shared her top five tips to help our local area.
Five Tips to become more environmentally aware:
1. Educate yourself. Grab a copy of the Brisbane City Council Recycling Guide for Households from the Nundah library, your local council ward or via the council website. Visit one of Brisbane City Cofuncil’s environment centres.
2. Ditch disposables and invest in items that you can reuse. Start with one or all of the ‘big four’ – coffee cups, shopping and produce bags, bottles and straws. Find out which local cafes accept clean reusable cups for take-away orders by asking them – some places even offer a discount if you bring your own coffee cup. Be prepared for the Queensland bag ban, which begins on 1 July 2018. Remember to take your own reusable shopping bags, box or carry basket instead of relying on the single-use bags provided in-store. Did you know that there are also plenty of reusable produce bags available to carry loose fruit, vegetables and dried goods in?
3. Set a good example for others by ensuring you put your rubbish in the right bin. Go a step further by picking up litter that you find whether it’s in your street, at work, on the beach, near the park, in the school playground or along the local bikeway. Consider volunteering with Keep Queensland Beautiful, Sea Shepherd, Take3 or a local catchment group.
4. Recycle your kitchen scraps. Consider starting a compost bin, worm farm or joining the community composting hub at the Nundah Neighbourhood Centre.
For more information about becoming more environmentally aware, visit Rachel’s Instagram page: www.instagram.com/memoriesandmud