Wickham bands together for town clean-up

Shannon BeattiePilbara News

The Wickham community has again banded together for a town clean-up day, collecting 660 bags of rubbish on Saturday.

There were more than 40 volunteers representing Wickham Tidy Towns, Wickham Cricket Club, Wickham Tee Ball, Wickham Community Projects and Wickham Variety Bash Team (Car No. 642).

Wickham Tidy Towns started in 2012 and organises about four clean-ups a year as a way to improve the town and bring the community together.

The town is obviously doing a good job at keeping clean as they were recently announced as a finalist in the litter prevention and waste management division of the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities State Awards.

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Wickham Tidy Towns secretary Kelly Nunn said that normally at least half of the volunteers were kids under the age of 12.

“We allocate kids space around town that they know, such as the school and shopping centre, so that they can take pride when they see what a difference it makes,” she said. “We now have kids coming and telling us when its time for another clean-up because they’ve spotted too much rubbish around.”

The organisation works with the City of Karratha’s Safer Communities Partnership to provide $6 per bag that is collected to community and not-for-profit groups that get involved.

The majority of rubbish found goes in to skips bins provided by Toxfree, but the organisation doesn’t want everything going in to landfill.

“We’re trying to identify sources that can make use out of some of the things we find,” Ms Nunn said.

“For example, we’re now giving bikes and scooters that we find to the Wickham Community Project for them to refurbish and reuse.”

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