Those clean up wizards in Oz.

Our friends ‘down under’ do something that we should have adopted in this country long ago. Something that might muster a bit of pride in our environment and encourage community spirit.

This year Australia will be celebrating  25 years of volunteer action across the continent – having held their first Clean Up Australia Day on March 1st,1990.

Since the national event started  Australians have donated more than 27.2 million hours taking to their streets, bushland, parks and waterways on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 288,650 tonnes of rubbish from 145,754 sites across the country.

Plastic and glass carelessly thrown into the Sydney Gardens bushes. Someone else's job of course to clear it all up!
Plastic and glass carelessly thrown into the Sydney Gardens bushes. Someone else’s job of course to clear it all up!

We could begin more modestly with a Clean Up Bath day! Just getting a group together to go around the low walled edges of Sydney Gardens would fill a few sacks.

At this time of the year – with no greenery to hide it – the empty cans and bottles – carelessly thrown into the bushes – can be clearly seen.

Sainsbury's staff clearing up riverside rubbish/ and cutting back the overgrowth.
Sainsbury’s staff clearing up riverside rubbish/ and cutting back the overgrowth.

Got to give Sainsbury’s ten out of ten for what l witnessed on the riverside near their car park at Greenpark Station today.

Bags and bags of rubbish being pulled from the overgrowth – which was itself receiving a bit of a haircut.

Bags and bags of rubbish collected from the riverside overgrowth.
Bags and bags of rubbish collected from the riverside overgrowth.

Maybe all the supermarkets – who put a fair bit of cardboard, tin, glass and plastic into circulation – would like to sponsor such a happening.

What do Virtual Museum readers think.

Never mind Bath pigs and lions – what about a Bath  Bin?