As 2017 comes to a close, Keep Australia Beautiful WA says thanks to the thousands of Western Australians who have contributed this year to keep Western Australia beautiful. Whether you have volunteered with us; helped spread the anti-litter message to your friends, families and communities; participated in our programs or partnered with us on our anti-litter projects - we appreciate your time, energy, passion and the difference you make.
While careless littering can be disheartening, it's good to know that working together, we are all making an impact on litter in Western Australia.
The 2016/17 Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index has shown a significant decrease in littering over the last year. Western Australia has achieved a 22.7 per cent reduction in littered items across the State and a 31.7 per cent reduction in the volume of litter recorded. This is the biggest one-year reduction since the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index (NLI) started in 2006. Read more.
Clean up events for Clean up Australia Day, Clean Our Rivers event, Keep Australia Beautiful Week, Clean Schools clean-ups and the WA Beach Clean-up attracted dozens of volunteers to clean up beach fronts, riversides and roadsides. At Hillarys beach for the Tangaroa Blue WA Beach Clean-up 100 volunteers participated-our biggest turn out to date! Thanks to all the volunteers dozens of bags of litter were removed from the environment, we met like-minded people and enjoyed morning tea together. Further afield, the team from KAB were part of the inaugural Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Marine Debris Project on Cocos and Christmas Islands, where volunteers helped remove and audit more that 50,000 items from remote beaches. Read more.
This calendar year to mid December we have received 2011 reports of littering from vehicles and issued 1945 Litter Infringement Notices, which is a conversion rate of 96%!
There are currently more than 12,850 Litter Reporters on WA roads, looking out for careless litterers.
In 2017 KAB installed CCTV cameras at a range of locations across the Perth metropolitan area and caught out another 96 litterers who thought no one was watching!
Happy campers have been on the receiving end of more than 6300 free Outback Packs distributed via Community Resource Centres, Visitors Centres and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions rangers. Tourists can keep sites tidy as they travel, thanks to the help of volunteer packers at Duncraig SHS Ed Support; Lumen Christie College; Emmanuel Catholic College; Hale Middle School; Swan Christian College; and to the Community Service crews at the Department of Corrective Services.
Two hundred and thirty one groups or individuals joined the Adopt-a-Spot program in 2017 (50 more than last year). That equates to thousands of volunteers out picking up litter at their favourite sites and thousands of items of litter removed from the environment as a result. With 920 groups registered, we know that many people are picking up on daily walks, with large groups or as individuals, from the South West to the Kimberley. This year 26 groups in Toodyay renewed their committment to the program for another two years with the support of the Toodyay and District Community Bank. Kathy and crew (pictured left) from People & Parcel Movers Pemberton clean-up along roadsides in their community.
Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities
Involvement in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Program brings volunteers, schools, business and local government representatives together to lead the charge in developing sustainable communities in the regions.
Forty two towns entered the competition this year, volunteering over 81,000 volunteer community hours. This year Kalgoorlie-Boulder were awarded the State Tidy Towns title and will compete for the national title in April 2018.
The Clean Clubs program has 162 clubs registered involving over 20,000 club members.
A further 52 schools registered for the Clean Schools program taking the total number of organisations registered for the program to 533.