It is with disappointment that Port of Newcastle announces the well-loved Port Litter Pick will be postponed to later in the year. This decision is a direct result of the measures the Port has put in place to protect staff, customers and the community from the spread of COVID-19. The safety of staff and the community is the Port’s top priority.
The annual Port Litter Pick is an important community event in which staff from businesses across the port roll up their sleeves to get involved.
Port of Newcastle appreciates the commitment to sustainable practises that employees, tenants and port users show by participating in this annual event.
About the Port Litter Pick
The annual Port Litter Pick is one of many ways the Port is helping to protect the local environment.
Established in 2018, the clean-up provides port-related businesses and employees the opportunity to roll up their sleeves to get involved in a community initiative.
In 2019, the event attracted 87 people from 13 port-related businesses, including Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Port Authority of NSW, Cargill Australia, Linx Cargo Care, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, Kooragang Bulk Facilities/ Tomago Aluminium, Impact Fertiliser, Sims Group Australia, Port of Newcastle, Koppers, Newcastle Stevedores, Custom Transportable Buildings and Newcastle Yacht Club.
Together, participants collected 1.64 tonnes of rubbish from around the Port. The waste collected ranged from cigarette butts, plastic bags and soft drink cans through to old tyres, scrap metal and an ironing board.
ARTC took home the Litter Legends’ trophy, after collecting 400 kilograms of rubbish from the rail corridor, the largest haul from all participating teams.
All rubbish is collected using biodegradable bags and gloves and is sorted for recycling where possible.
Port of Newcastle is a major Australian trade gateway handling 4,600 ship movements and 171 million tonnes of cargo each year. With its annual trade worth about $25 billion to the New South Wales economy, the Port enables businesses across the state to successfully compete in international markets. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia. As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port that realises its potential.
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