FROM underpants to thongs, shopping trolleys to slippers, residents across the region donned their gloves and cleaned up the area’s act at the weekend for Clean Up Australia Day.
The official clean up day was Sunday and in Tamworth, the urban landcare group again got behind the tidiest day of the year.
Tamworth Urban Landcare Group’s Stephanie Cameron said not as many people were involved with the event this year in the city, but with their on volunteers and Tamworth Hillvue Scouts, they had about 30 people picking up rubbish near the Peel River.
The group’s president Paul Moxon said it was encouraging that there wasn’t as much rubbish this year.
The group collected rubbish along both banks of the Peel River from the main bridge to the footbridge and around Hands of Fame Park.
The Hillvue Scouts joined in to lend a hand at the 22nd annual clean up day.
Across NSW there were 2953 registered sites with 266,870 volunteers collecting an estimated 6497 tonnes of rubbish.
Along the banks of the Peel River, rubbish included slippers, thongs, a pair of underpants, a bag of clothes, lots of P-plates, paint rollers and paint brushes, shopping trolleys and chairs.
Since the national event started in 1990, Australians have removed more 253,699 tonnes of rubbish from the environment.