Parkes residents participate in Clean Up Australia Day on March 2 and 4

Australians from all corners of the country, including Parkes, have once again joined together to donate their time and energy to remove rubbish and litter that has been carelessly discarded.

During the week of action from February 27 to March 4, Parkes residents joined more than 587,962 volunteers to protect their local environment and clean up the parks, waterways, beaches, bushland and roadways at more than 7253 locations across Australia.

This was a 14 per cent increase in site and 4 per cent increase in volunteer numbers over 2017.

Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia said how proud he was to see so many Australians continuing to rally to the cause.

“It’s really great to see so many people passionate about removing rubbish from the places that are important to them,” he said.

“But we need to do much more than just pick up rubbish one day a year. Every day is Clean Up Australia Day.

“We need to continue to challenge our governments to implement effective waste management and recycling programs to reduce the amount of wasted resource that ends up in our precious environment.”

Since the event started 28 years ago Australians have donated more than 33 million volunteer hours, removing the equivalent of 350,000 ute loads of rubbish from more than 178,000 sites across the country.

On March 2, Parkes Public School students participated in the Schools Clean Up Australia Day event by cleaning their playgrounds and gardens.

Since 1992, schools across Australia have stuck in and made a real difference to their environment and local communities through participating in Schools Clean Up Day.

Parkes Public was one of more than 2100 school sites that registered this year.

Congratulations to all the students who volunteered their lunch time play to participate.