Dubbo Rivercare Group Inc welcomed good news after a successful Clean Up Australia Day with more than 60 volunteers participating in the annual event for 2021, and a decrease in the amount of rubbish that was collected.
Group volunteer Annette Priest said the decrease in the rubbish collected comes from three things.
"First, the implementation of the return and earn containers, the gross pollutant traps that were put in by Dubbo Regional Council and also, I think the message to clean up after yourself is finally getting across to people," she said.
"One disappointing thing we did see again this year is the number of trolleys dumped in the Macquarie River. There's also a lot of bottles scattered around from recreational nights out, microplastics and fishing lines.
"I got caught on some of the fishing lines while I was kayaking up here (Devil's Hole)."
Dubbo Rivercare Group Inc kayaked up the Macquarie River collecting rubbish along the way while other volunteers, including students from the Central Western Leadership Academy, collected the rubbish on land.
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Everyone was then invited to a barbeque at Devil's Hole Reserve which Dubbo Regional Council donated $100 towards and Midwest Foods also contributed a carrot cake.
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