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25 February 2011

MP calls to 'clean up Australia' around Ipswich's eastern suburbs

FEDERAL MP Bernie Ripoll is calling on everyone in the western corridor to join the thousands of volunteers across the nation pulling on cleaning gloves for the annual Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 6.

"This annual event is a great opportunity for us as a community to reflect on how we can cut the amount of waste, improve recycling and re-use our waste," Mr Ripoll said.

"With more than 40 million tonnes of rubbish produced every year we need to work together as one big community to address the issue of waste.

"Recycling is one area in which there are new opportunities constantly emerging across the nation."

He said the Australian, state and territory governments were "leading the way through the National Waste Policy, setting the direction for managing waste and resource recovery over the next 10 years, and ensuring greater participation from all levels of government, business, industry and community".

"I encourage everyone in our local area to pitch in and get involved in Clean Up Australia Day and help protect our unique environment," he said.

To get involved in the 2011 Clean up Australia Day go to http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or call 1800 282 329.

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