Too often a “fast food mindset” means rubbish is tossed away after a meal, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
Launching Clean Up Australia Day, which is on this weekend, Cr Bradbery said people needed take responsibility for their rubbish.
And there’s no hiding the fact that fast-food packaging and single-use containers are among the most prevalent of any litter.
“It’s the mindset – easy access to takeaway, easy disposal,” Cr Bradbery said.
“It’s a real problem – there’s a sense of individualism in our society where you can do whatever you want, when you want, and that includes just ‘hoiking’ stuff when you’ve finished with it.”
Cr Bradbery said he had gone to the source.
“I’ve written to fast food outlets suggesting they promote this more and I haven’t had any reply,” he said.
“I wrote asking them to push the message to their customers to take responsibility for their rubbish.”
Clean up bags and registration forms will be provided on both days from 9am to noon at these sites:
Saturday, March 4:
Purry Burry Point Primbee 9.30 – noon
Sunday, March 5:
Helensburgh Old Doctor Surgery, Parkes Street, 10 am – 1pm
Otford Tennis Courts, 9am – noon
Kelly’s Falls, Stanwell Tops (meet in carpark), 11am – 1pm
Coledale SLSC, 10am – 1pm
St James Park, Coledale, 10am – 2pm
Thirroul Beach, 9am –10am
Whartons Creek, Bulli (meet at bridge between Artis and Benelong streets), 9am – noon
Bellambi SLSC, 10am – 1pm
City Beach, Marine Drive, Wollongong, 9am – 1pm
Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley Road, Berkeley, 9.30am – 1pm
Berkeley Boat Ramp near fish market, 9am – 11am
Carpark, corner of Holborn and Sussex streets, Berkeley, 9am – 1pm
MM Beach (north end), Gloucester Boulevard, Port Kembla, 9am – noon
Primbee foreshore from Bundah Place to Heritage Park, 9.30am – 11.30am
Windang foreshore near playground and boat ramp, 30am – 11.30am
Horsley Community Centre, Bong Bong Road, Dapto, 9am – 1pm
McDonald’s Woonona, Fairy Meadow, Wollongong, Figtree, Dapto and Warrawong, 9am – 5pm