26 April 2018

From the Mayor's Desk

Mayoral Column

Thanks to funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Hawkesbury City Council is using street performers to promote the message ‘bin your butts’ in new cigarette butt bins recently installed at George Street, Windsor, outside Target.

Street performers ‘The Little Aussie Butt-lers will be at the entrance to the Riverview Shopping Centre, George Street, Windsor, near Target, on Thursday, 3 May from 11am-2pm, to highlight two new cigarette litter bins that have been installed.

Collectively, Western Sydney councils spend $14 million managing litter every year, and while cigarette butts aren’t the only form of litter, they are by far the most common – making up 54 percent of all littered items across the region.

Council has installed cigarette butt bins to make it easier and more convenient for smokers to dispose of cigarette butts correctly. It’s all part of a program to tackle cigarette butt litter in Western Sydney’s shopping strips.

This is our community, we live here, and it is up to us to keep it clean by putting rubbish in the bin. The less Council has to spend picking up litter, the more money we can invest in other things such as road maintenance, community facilities and programs.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils secured the funding on behalf of councils that are participating in the program. The litter education program will run until July 2018, and I hope it will help to keep the Hawkesbury shopping strips clean and inviting.

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