Keeping our beaches beautiful

WasteCouncil works hard to keep its beaches and public spaces clean and clear of rubbish and litter. This is particularly important over the summer months, when up 50,000 visitors can frequent the Bondi area in one day!

Council's hard work was recognised at the recent Keep NSW Beautiful Clean Beaches Award, when Bondi Beach took out the Overall 2014 Clean Beaches Award. This is a huge achievement, and acknowledges all of the hard work put in by Council with the support of our local community in helping ensure Bondi Beach is kept clean and pristine.

To help raise awareness of the need to reduce the amount of rubbish left behind on our beaches, we run regular campaigns focussed on encouraging everyone to get involved and to help keep our beaches beautiful.

 Did you pick up today?

We need your help to ensure that all of the rubbish and litter that can end up on the beach is disposed of properly - like cigarette butts, plastic bottles, takeaway packaging, plastic bags, straws and much more. We provide a number of general waste and recycling bins along the promenades at our beaches so be sure to pick up your rubbish, do the right thing and put it in the bin.
 

What does Council do to keep our beaches beautiful?

We have dedicated staff who work hard to keep our beaches and public places clean and to educate the community about the need to keep rubbish and litter off the sand:
  • Council's beach rake operates every morning over summer to help pick up rubbish from our beaches.
  • We provide public place bins, general waste and recycling bins along the promenades, as well as general waste bins on the coastal walk and in parks. During December and January, we put out an average of 500 240 litre bins for collection each week, which are collected regularly (sometimes, three times a day in summer)
  • Our rangers play a key role in helping to educate the community about the consequences of smoking on the beach. Last summer, they provided additional patrols on the sand 5 days a week focusing on no smoking, taking your rubbish with you, and other safe summer messages.
  • Council staff also walked the sand last summer to talk to people about using the public place waste and recycling stations, removing their rubbish from the beach and smoking only on the promenade, not on the sand.
  • We have a team of public place cleaning staff who help pick up rubbish from the sand, clean bins, remove graffiti, sweep the sand and clean public toilets at the beaches and in the surrounding streets.
  • From Christmas Eve through to New Years Day, we provide skip bins on Bondi Beach, and a compactor in Bronte Park on Australia Day.
  • We provide water refill stations at Bondi Beach to encourage people to reuse water bottles, which has contributed to a 27% reduction in plastic bottle litter since 2007.
  • We help raise awareness about the smoking ban on the beach, which has been in effect since 2004, by providing ash trays, signage and stencilling on the promenade at Bondi Beach.
  • Some of our stormwater drains will be re-stencilled to help raise awareness about how what goes into our drains flow into our oceans, and the need to keep our drains, and our beaches, litter free.
  • We're replacing bin lids, new bins, stickers and bin station signs at Bondi Beach to make them highly visible.
Council was also recognised for its litter and waste management initiatives at Bondi Beach at the 2013 Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beaches – Connecting our Coast Awards with a highly commended in the Litter and Waste Management category.
 

More information

For more information about our summer litter initiatives, please email environment@waverley.nsw.gov.au 
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