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A Shining Example

Employees at one of Akzo Nobel’s sites in Australia recently took part in a special nationwide clean-up day.

Employees at one of Akzo Nobel’s sites in Australia recently took part in a special nationwide clean-up day.

Organized as part of Business Clean-Up Australia Day, administration staff from the coatings site in Sunshine, Melbourne, split into teams and spent an hour collecting rubbish from areas along the boundaries of the premises and beyond.

A similar garbage blitz was staged last year, only this time the clean-up area was expanded to include the railway line at the rear of the site, with trash being collected for a distance of one kilometer in each direction.

“We cleared up a variety of items, from plastic bottles and paper packages to dumped bicycles and mattresses,” explained one volunteer.

Added program coordinator, David Grubits, who is also the site’s environmental and regulatory affairs advisor: “We're always looking for ways to improve both our environmental performance and our community responsibilities.

"This activity has not only resulted in a tidier boundary and improved the appearance of the site for our neighbors and local community, but neighbors have also commented that it is pleasing to see that we not only look within our boundaries, but are also prepared to give something back to the local community and the environment.”

Business Clean-Up Australia Day is part of the Clean-Up Australia program, which was started by yachtsman Ian Kiernan, who noted the condition of the world’s oceans when competing in the 1987 BOC Challenge solo around-the-world yacht race.

Since the program was launched, various individuals, community groups, schools and businesses have donated more than eight million hours and collected over 165,000 tonnes of rubbish.

(Released: June 13, 2005)

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