Spring Clean the City will be the largest cleanup Melbourne has ever seen. It's a street clean that's been organised by passionate groups of volunteers who are uniting to hold this event as part of World Clean up Day. This is the first time Melbourne has done a clean of this size and you're invited to be a part of this historic, and rewarding event too.
Melbournites are meeting at Southbank Promenade, in front of Eureka Tower on Saturday September 15 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you've never been to a beach or street clean, then this is the one you ought to check out.
You can register here to be a part of this brilliant event, supporting people on a mission.
This clean is being coordinated by anti-litter volunteer networks Beach Patrol, Love Our Street, Boomerang Alliance and Sea Shepherd. Yes, 'anti-litter' groups are a thing and the interest and support of them are growing. The word on the street is that hundreds of people will be participating from these groups and the local community, in Spring Clean the City.
Melbourne might be considered the most liveable city in the world, but unfortunately, we're not immune from litter or plastic pollution. The litter collected will be sorted and counted to showcase the volume of rubbish that ends up in our streets, much of which makes its ways into park reserves, waterways and beaches.
While the action of this event is to spring clean Southbank streets, laneways, parks and river banks, it also aims to raise awareness about the ongoing issues when single-use items like cans, bottles, takeaway containers, coffee cups, lids, and straws enter our environment. It's not only unsightly when it becomes litter, but also affects, birds, animals and marine life.
BeachPatrol is the largest rubbish collecting volunteer organisation in Victoria. There are 28 groups that operate from Bellarine all the way around to Rye. Locals from each area meet to clean plastic pollution from the bay and beaches for one hour per month. For the figures people, some of the collection data is on their website by postcode. The locations of the groups can be seen here.
Love Our Street is based on a similar model to BeachPatrol, but cleans neighbourhood streets. This is to prevent litter from getting to the beach. Love Our street is a rapidly growing organisation. Currently, there are 8 groups with several more under startup discussion. Just like BeachPatrol, data is collected and displayed by postcode.
Boomerang Alliance is a group of 47 environmental and conservation groups, who aim to empower community action to reduce the waste that society creates.
Sea Shepherd is a conservation group whose mission is to protect and conserve wildlife and ecosystems in the oceans.
These groups joining forces to coordinate this event highlights the need for Melbourne to up the ante with the 'War on Waste'. The inspiring work these volunteers do is just incredible.
All litter collected will be recorded, and for greater impact, the bottles and cans will be counted and photographed to help demonstrate the benefits of implementing a Container Deposit Scheme in Victoria. You can come on your own, or better still gather family and friends to work as a team.
There will even be roving MCs making extra fun of it and spruiking the crowd along. The count will be active so you'll hear the progress throughout the morning to the final tally. So why don't you put your name down to be a part of Melbourne's Spring Clean the City.