Clean-up crews across Lake Macquarie will unite next month to target single-use plastics.
Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance Secretary, Stephen Dewar, says the clean-ups will give the community a chance to reconnect and make a difference.
“This clean-up is part of our attempt to help the community and encourage them to [stop using] single-use plastic,” he says.
According to Mr Dewar, evidence is showing that there has been an increase in the use of single-use plastic during the pandemic.
“We’ve been running a campaign about single-use plastics and we thought we should do something about it,” he says.
“Even though some of our public places have been quieter over the last few months, we’ve noticed that there’s still far too much litter around.”
Mr Dewar encourages the community to pitch in to “make sure this rubbish doesn’t end up in our creeks, lake or ocean, or harming our wildlife”.
He adds that, during the “COVID crisis”, it has been difficult to continue their campaigns because many people and businesses are turning to single-use plastics.
The five planned events across Lake Macquarie are going to look very different to the alliance’s typical clean-up.
The pandemic means organisers have had to cap numbers and put COVID-safe measures in place.
All attendees are required to register before attending the event and numbers have been limited to 20 at each site.
Mr Dewar says that, because the events are outdoors, everyone will be able to easily maintain physical distancing and good hygiene.
The alliance hopes the events will also provide the community with a chance to reconnect.
“Sustainable Neighbourhoods is all about connecting community and place,” Mr Dewar says.
“These clean ups will be a fun opportunity to reconnect in a safe way while enjoying the outdoors and caring for our local places.”
The clean-up events will go from 10am until 12pm on Sunday 9 August at Charlestown-Whitebridge, Pelican, Rathmines, Speers Point-Boolaroo and Toronto.