Brisbane ranked Australia’s cleanest city

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Brisbane has been declared the cleanest city in Australia according to research conducted by the Beverage Industry Environment Council, which monitors national littering every year. Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was delighted with the cleanest city tag and praised the attitude of Brisbane residents.

“The amount of littering behaviour visible in Brisbane has been steadily declining since 2000 – a feat no other city can match,” he said. “This research shows that the people of Brisbane are taking pride in the appearance of our city, and are actively trying to preserve our natural environment, ensuring a clean and green Brisbane for future generations.

“Council’s aim is to protect and enhance Brisbane’s environment and quality of life and encourage the adoption of sustainable solutions to waste and litter. To do this, we provide kerbside household waste collection and domestic recycling as well as kerbside clean up and mulching to encourage clean suburbs.”

Council’s City Cleansing unit also clears the 700 public waste bins in the inner city several times a week.

A number of public awareness campaigns, such as ‘If you miss the bin, you hit the bay’ remind residents that their rubbish flows directly into the ecosystem of Moreton Bay.

Since 1996, Council has installed more than 60 Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices (SQID) around the city, preventing the equivalent of 16,000 wheelie bins of rubbish and sediment from entering the stormwater system and the bay. The current budget has allocated $1.5 million for more devices across the city.