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Roadside Litter

Litter looks out of place in the mangroves

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Litter Ambassador Lindsay Titmarsh wants to see all our waterways, beaches and mangrove flats litter-free. He is supporting the ‘Bin It — You know it’s right!’ campaign, encouraging everyone on the Fraser Coast to make use of the recycling and waste management facilities provided in the region and to keep litter in its place.

Litter Ambassador Lindsay Titmarsh wants to see all our waterways, beaches and mangrove flats litter-free. He is supporting the ‘Bin It — You know it’s right!’ campaign, encouraging everyone on the Fraser Coast to make use of the recycling and waste management facilities provided in the region and to keep litter in its place.

Next to ancient middens along the bank of the Mary River lie a plastic tray, glass bottle and a plastic lid, all looking very out of place.

“Rubbish like this just doesn’t belong in our rivers,” said Litter Ambassador Lindsay Titmarsh. “There is no excuse and we all have a responsibility to make sure empty containers like these don’t ever get let loose in the environment.”

Mr Titmarsh’s property, ‘Tandora’, is nestled between the Susan and Mary Rivers, within sight of River Heads. He has come to know the rivers, mangroves and their native inhabitants well in the 60 plus years he has called this property ‘home’.

“What really bothers me is that these plastic items never actually decompose,” he said. “We know that they just disintegrate into smaller and smaller pieces but they become a permanent part of the environment.”

Mr Titmarsh’s natural curiosity has led him accumulate extensive knowledge of mangrove ecosystems, which he enjoys sharing with locals, and tourists from around the world. He said it is upsetting for nature-loving visitors to see litter washed up on the river’s edge in an otherwise pristine environment full of natural wonders.

“We pick up other people’s rubbish all the time because it literally washes up in our backyard,” he said. “I can’t imagine people think about that when they throw rubbish out a car window or drop bait bags out of a boat. I am certain people wouldn’t like it if I dropped rubbish back in their yard.”

Protecting the environment also means green waste such as lawn clippings, weeds, unwanted garden plants and prunings are kept out of bushland. A valuable resource when composted or mulched, green waste has no place in the bush where it becomes a source of weed infestations and smothers native plants.

On the Fraser Coast, rate payers pay approximately $150,000 per year to collect around three semi-trailer loads of litter and illegally dumped rubbish across the region – a substantial and unnecessary cost.

If you see household, garden or industrial waste being dumped in the bush, or rubbish being dropped or thrown from a vehicle or boat, you can report the incident to Fraser Coast Regional Council.

The Taking the Lead on Litter! Project is supported by the Queensland Government’s Litter and Illegal Dumping Community and Industry Partnerships Program.

For more information about the BMRG’s Taking the Lead on Litter project, please contact Jacinta Jowett, Project Coordinator on (07) 4181 2999.

Impressing visitors with clean roadsides

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Sue Reid

Litter Ambassador Sue Reid would love the litter band around Fraser Coast towns to disappear. She is supporting the Bin It — You know it’s right! campaign to reduce roadside littering these school holidays as tourists come to enjoy the natural beauty of the Fraser Coast region.

It’s no secret that tourists come to the Fraser Coast region to enjoy the natural beauty of our unique environment. So what would they think as they near their destination and see roadside litter comprised mostly of food and drink packaging?

This litter band encircles most regional towns like Maryborough and Hervey Bay, often peaking on the left hand side of the road in the 5 km zone on the outskirts of town in any direction. There are also hot spots observed where travellers congregate at key intersections or laybys.

Bin It — You know it’s right! Litter Ambassador and tourism operator Sue Reid said the Fraser Coast has a worldwide reputation as an eco-tourism destination and relies on visitors continuing to enjoy beautiful clean beaches and abundant wildlife. Read More

Keep rubbish in the car

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Litter Ambassador Trish Garrad and Year 4 student Hamish Haase want to see the litter band around Bundaberg disappear. They are supporting the Bin It — You know it's right! campaign to reduce roadside littering.

Litter Ambassador Trish Garrad and Year 4 student Hamish Haase want to see the litter band around Bundaberg disappear. They are supporting the Bin It — You know it’s right! campaign to reduce roadside littering.

Travelling along the roads through rural Queensland there is such beauty and diversity in our landscapes, but on the approach to most regional towns travellers drive through a band of roadside litter comprised mostly of food and drink packaging.

This litter band encircles regional towns like Bundaberg, often peaking on the left hand side of the road in the 5 km zone on the outskirts of town in any direction. There are also hot spots observed where travellers congregate at key intersections or laybys.

Bin It — You know it’s right! Litter Ambassador and school teacher Trish Garrad knows children observe this phenomenon and can be influenced to take positive action. “At school we encourage students to think about food packaging and the amount of rubbish created just in one lunchtime at school,” she said. Read More