Reducing roadside waste


KEEP South Australia Beautiful (KESAB) is looking for local groups to join its Road Watch Program to reduce roadside rubbish around the region.

KESAB has 97 Road Watch groups across South Australia but only one on Eyre Peninsula, at Port Neill.

In a presentation to the Port Lincoln City Council last week, KESAB Environmental Solutions community engagement programs manager Alex Hammett said the organisation was keen to see more volunteer groups established in the region.

She said about two thirds of groups were based in regional areas and they were a real mix including Lions, Rotary, Scouts, sports clubs and businesses along with a number of groups of neighbours.

“It’s a very broad program in that sense.”

Groups adopt a minimum of two kilometres of roadway and usually undertake four clean-ups a year.

Equipment, including safety gear, is supplied to the groups, which come under KESAB’s insurance, and after each clean-up, groups report back to KESAB.

Ms Hammett said KESAB was interested in working with the council to put it out to the community and let groups choose their own stretch of road or be matched up with identified problem areas.

She said councils did not have to be involved but the program worked better if the local council was involved.

“Then we know the litter is being disposed of in the correct way.”

She said groups could choose any road and they did not have to be arterial roads, for example a school may choose a road nearby.

Ms Hammett said the program was also a great opportunity for corporate volunteering for businesses to give back to the local community

“On Eyre Peninsula we don’t have any groups other than the Port Neill Progress Association and we would love to see the community come on board with the program.”

Anyone interested in joining the Road Watch Program can call 8234 7255 or email roadwatch@kesab.asn.au

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