Tidy kids lead the way in rub­bish col­lec­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Wick­ham’s young­sters are lead­ing the way when it comes to keep­ing their town tidy, com­ing out in force with their par­ents to help clean up the streets.

The Wick­ham Tidy Towns group hosted its lat­est clean-up last week­end and about a third of more than 50 vol­un­teers were chil­dren.

More than 700 bags — two large Toxfree skip bins full — of rub­bish was col­lected by a mix of fam­i­lies, com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal busi­nesses over a few hours on Satur­day morn­ing. Wick­ham’s Tidy Towns sec­re­tary Kelly Nunn said it was heart­en­ing to see so many chil­dren out and about, and even en­joy­ing pick­ing up rub­bish.

“The kids are so in­volved,” she said. “When­ever they go for a walk some­where they are al­ways the ones say­ing we need to go for an­other clean-up.

“They drive us just as much as we drive our­selves.”

In what is be­com­ing a pos­i­tive prob­lem for the Tidy Towns group, vol­un­teers are hav­ing to ven­ture fur­ther afield to fill their bags with rub­bish. The pro­gram has been run­ning for sev­eral years and makes use of the City of Kar­ratha’s bucks for bags pro­gram, where com­mu­nity groups can claim money for each bag col­lected.

“We have re­ally no­ticed a dra­matic de­crease in rub­bish, which is good,” Mrs Nunn said.

“Ev­ery clean-up this year we have had two or three con­tract­ing com­pa­nies send their blokes down too. They are not pick­ing up for any­one in par­tic­u­lar, they are just here to help out and do the right thing.”

Levi, 7, Har­mony, 9, Ri­ley, 10, and Jonte Brown, 12, and Toby Nunn, 8, helped clean up Wick­ham last week­end. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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