Make it Buttomatic to bin your butts

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 ‘Circus Solarus: the Buttomatics’ will be at the entrance to the Riverview Shopping Centre, George Street, Windsor, near Target, this Saturday from 9am-12pm, to highlight two new cigarette litter bins that have been installed. There will also be chalk art drawn on the pavement during this time.

It’s all part of a program to tackle cigarette butt litter in Western Sydney’s shopping strips, according to the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett.

“Collectively, Western Sydney councils spend $14 million managing litter every year,” the Mayor said.

“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 at targeted locations to make it easier and more convenient for smokers to dispose of cigarette butts correctly,” she said.

“We will also have a number of entertaining street performers to encourage people to use the butt bins.

“This is our community, we live here, and it is up to us to keep it clean by putting rubbish in the bin,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

“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 (WSROC) secured the funding on behalf of councils that are participating in the program, WSROC President, Councillor Stephen Bali explained.

“This is the second Western Sydney-wide project to tackle littering,” Councillor Bali said.

“The grant will allow councils to work closely together to maximise their impact on litter right across the region.

“The litter education program will run until July 2018, across a range of sites determined by each local council,” he said.

The project is funded by the NSW Government. Participating councils include Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

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