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:

 

#1: Waste like becomes an environmental hazard, can lead to animal and bird scavenging, and cause wildlife choking hazards.

#1: Waste like becomes an environmental hazard, can lead to animal and bird scavenging, and cause wildlife choking hazards.

 

#2: Waste that includes broken bottles, leftover bones and other small pieces of litter often requires manual pick up. These are a safety hazard for our staff, and a public safety risk for other park visitors.

#2: Waste that includes broken bottles, leftover bones and other small pieces of litter often requires manual pick up. These are a safety hazard for our staff, and a public safety risk for other park visitors.

 

#3: Some people believe piling waste next to a bin or tree helps. It doesn't. Waste like this is often scattered by wind (ending up across the Parklands and in waterways), is time-consuming to clean, becomes a choking hazard for wildlife, and attracts rodents.

#3: Some people believe piling waste next to a bin or tree helps. It doesn’t. Waste like this is often scattered by wind (ending up across the Parklands and in waterways), is time-consuming to clean, becomes a choking hazard for wildlife, and attracts rodents.

 

#4: Our sports fields are some of the busiest in Australia, but we need your help keeping them clean and safe. Always put empty sports drink bottles in the recycling bins, not left lying on the ground.

#4: Our sports fields are some of the busiest in Australia, but we need your help keeping them clean and safe. Always put empty sports drink bottles in the recycling bins, not left lying on the ground.

 

Waste by the numbers

Here’s a little insight into waste in Centennial Parklands in the last 12 months:

300
the number of bins (general waste and recycling) available across the Parklands

2
the minimum number of times a week each bin emptied

475
tonnes of general waste collected

124
tonnes of recycled waste collected

36
tonnes of waste from our waterways by gross pollutant traps

16
the number of times mechanical road sweeps cleaned Grand Drive and other key roads

8
cubic metres of waste collected by these mechanical road sweeps

460
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!)

 

This is the results from just one recent roadsweep around Grand Drive - we collect about 120 cubic metres a year!

This is the results from just one recent roadsweep around Grand Drive – we collect about 120 cubic metres a year!

 

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.

 

One of our waste stations available across Centennial Parklands

One of our waste stations available across Centennial Parklands

 

Something we like…

The NSW Environment Protection Authority‘s “Hey Tosser” campaign captures things quite well…

 

 


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