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Published October 11th 2021
Every litter bit hurts the environment
Have you ever wanted to pick up annoying litter but didn't want to touch that sticky plastic wrapper on the footpath? Well, you can now do something about those pesky pieces of litter with some nifty tools supplied by the Brisbane City Council.
The Council's "104 or more" litter initiative lets residents borrow litter clean-up kits and go on a litter-picking spree. The motto of "104 or more" is to encourage everyone "to pick up two pieces of litter a week, every week of the year, to keep 104 pieces of litter out of our streets, bushland, and waterways".
Sign of our times - a common item of litter during the pandemic.
Clean-up kits can be requested through the Council website and include a long-handled litter-grabbing tool, gloves, medical sharps waste bottle, portable trash bag holder, and a handy guide on litter collection. The kit also provides insect repellant, sunscreen and hand sanitiser.
Once you've received your kit, you can go litter-picking alone but it may be more fun to form a group to do an extensive clean-up of a particular area. Aside from keeping our city tidy, it's a great way to get out in the sunshine and fresh air, socialise, and share in an environmental activity.
Litter-picking made easy with long-handled grabber.
Residents, schools, sporting clubs, businesses and community groups can borrow the clean-up kits for up to a month. Once kits are returned, the Council cleans and sanitises the equipment. Used rubber gloves are sent away to a recycling plant.
For more information, speak with a Litter Prevention Officer at the Brisbane City Council during business hours on 3403 8888.
What litter items do you most often come across? Do you think Brisbane is keeping its streets reasonably free of litter? What can be done about street and parkland litter? Please leave your comments in the "Comment" section below.[
THE DIRTY DOZEN Top 12 regularly littered party items
Beverage containers - cans, bottles, cups Balloons Fruit, fruit peel
Paper towels & hand wipes
Bread ties, tape, rubber bands
Gift wrapping or packaging
Top 12 regularly littered items in business areas
Chip packets, ice cream & lolly wrappers
Straws and wrappers
Takeaway containers, food packaging
Paper towels & hand wipes
Drink containers eg cans, bottles
Sauce packets, salt & pepper sachets
Flyers & promotional material
Newspapers & printed material
This is a great initiative. One of the things I have noticed in my local Wetlands is the number of masks flying about these days. It seems many people are just casting the disposable masks to the ground; it's so disappointing.