Cleaning up Australia's Botany Bay foreshore

Published November 6, 2019 | 2 min read

RBC volunteers collected more than 100 kilograms of rubbish as part of the Clean Up Australia campaign

Our volunteers filled 16 bags of rubbish in just under two hours. The site was chosen because the local council and residents continue to face challenges with pollution in the Botany Bay foreshore area.  During the cleanup, the team unearthed a computer server, deck chair and fishing rod, not to mention a soccer ball, beach umbrella, a broken mobile phone, footwear, milk crate, straws, chocolate wrappers and cigarette butts.  The removal of rubbish from the dunes and beach made a noticeable difference to the area.  The activity was supported and appreciated by the local Bayside Council.

Clean Up Australia began in 1989 with the inspiration of one man, Ian Kiernan AO.  Described as an ‘average Australian bloke’ he had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard. This simple idea has now become Australia’s largest community-based environmental event.  The results are incredible with over 17.7 million Australians donating their time as part of Clean Up Australia activities over the last 30 years, equating to over 35 million hours of time.  Over 365,000 cubic metres of rubbish has been collected all over Australia.

RBC Australia is proud to support the clean-up initiative, the first of many more!