Tossers are all around us. You may know one. You may be one, though you may not think you’re one. So, what is a tosser?
To answer the question here are four photos of what tossers do in Centennial Parklands. And in case you’re wondering, these are scenes we see too regularly…often weekly:
Waste by the numbers
Here’s a little insight into waste in Centennial Parklands in the last 12 months:
the number of bins (general waste and recycling) available across the Parklands
the minimum number of times a week each bin emptied
tonnes of general waste collected
tonnes of recycled waste collected
tonnes of waste from our waterways by gross pollutant traps
the number of times mechanical road sweeps cleaned Grand Drive and other key roads
cubic metres of waste collected by these mechanical road sweeps
cubic metres of woodchip generated and removed (if piled into a 1m square box it would be 1.5 times the height of the Sydney Tower!)
What can you do?
Simple – leave no trace!
There is a global movement called Leave No Trace. While focussing on wilderness areas and national parks, most of the principles apply equally to visiting urban parks.
The campaign is simply about respect – respect for nature, and respect for each other.
Some of the key campaign principles are:
- Plan ahead and prepare (e.g. repackage food to minimise waste)
- Dispose of waste properly (or better still, take waste with you when you leave)
- Respect wildlife – keep wildlife wild and don’t feed them
- Be considerate of your host and other visitors
To assist further, we are updating the stickers on the bins to designate ‘general waste’ and ‘recycling’ for easier identification, and have recently released a free smartphone app with the location of the bin stations.
Together we can keep these iconic Parklands beautiful and a place we should all be proud of.
Something we like…
The NSW Environment Protection Authority‘s “Hey Tosser” campaign captures things quite well…