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March 4 targeted for big litter clean up

Tasmanians are being urged to team up to tackle litter across the state on Clean up Australia Day on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

The state campaign for the big litter event was launched today by Premier Lara Giddings and Clean up Australia Day Founder Ian Kiernan at John Turnbull Oval in Lenah Valley.

The launch follows recent underwater dives to clean up litter around the Hobart docks. These yielded around 300 kilograms of glass bottles and about 100 kilograms of other rubbish including a shopping trolley, chairs, cans, plastic bags, metal pieces and shoes.

The Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) is coordinating a regional Derwent litter campaign as part of Clean up Australia Day, supported by councils, State Government and industry partners, as well as schools and community groups.

The Clean up Australia Day Business Day campaign will be held on Tuesday 28 February. Schools Clean up Day is on 2 March.

More than 100 tonnes of litter reach the Derwent estuary every year via stormwater which can harm wildlife and affect human health.

More than 3,000 litter reports have been received by through the Litter Hotline since it was established in 2008. About half of these reports have resulted in fines being issued. The 1300 135 513 hotline has also been used to report illegal dumping of rubbish in reserves, with offenders being prosecuted and ordered to remove their rubbish.

For more information or to register a site, go to www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au