Anti-litter campaign comes to more Ku-ring-gai suburbs

Published on 16 May 2017

The program is being extended to the three centres after the success in keeping Wahroonga, St Ives and Turramurra largely litter-free since 2015.

New bins, planter boxes and seating are being installed in Roseville and Lindfield centres by the end of May, with Gordon due to be completed by the beginning of June.

Disposable coffee cups and soft drink containers are the biggest litter culprit in Gordon, whereas cigarette butts make up the bulk of littered items in Lindfield and Roseville.

The program is being funded by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said boosting the appearance of local centres was a proven antidote to littering.

“Research shows that improved street furniture sends a message that the area is valued.  People are less likely to litter in clean centres as littered places attract more rubbish, graffiti and dumping”.

The Mayor said that the first centres to receive new bins and other street furniture in 2015 had recently been reassessed to check whether litter was being kept at bay.

“The results are very pleasing in that Wahroonga, St Ives and Turramurra all showed either littering had plateaued or there was a further decrease.”

“Wahroonga, which in 2015 was our most heavily littered centre, has improved to around 90% litter-free”.

For more information about the project call the Council’s waste services team on 9424 0000.

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams, Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au