BUSH, beaches, parks and roadways from Bawley to Bendalong were targeted by 13 groups that took part in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday.
Volunteers donned gloves and filled yellow bags with all kinds of litter during the national tidy up.
Ulladulla-Milton Lions Club clean up co-ordinator Doug Meredith thanked those who helped to collect rubbish at the Burrill Lake Lions Park and the surrounding area.
“It was amazing how much rubbish was collected,” he said.
“There were so many filled nappies and beer bottles.”
He questioned why people did not take their litter away or dispose of it in the bins provided when using the popular park.
“The Lions Park at Burrill Lake is enjoyed by many on a regular basis but if the rubbish is allowed to mount up then it will not be such a nice place to visit.”
Mr Meredith thanked Peter and Chris Frost who collected bags of rubbish from the back of Canberra Crescent, including quite a few mattresses.
“Why do people throw their rubbish in an area which is enjoyed by walkers every day?” Mr Meredith questioned.
“We have a tip in Ulladulla - take your rubbish there.”
Lions secretary Gill Rolfe has issued a reminder for people who use the park to take their rubbish home.
Further south, the Kioloa Rural Fire Brigade members, together with three locals, were out on Sunday morning cleaning up Murramarang Road from the Bawley Point shops through to Forest Road in Kioloa.
“Thankfully the weather was fine making the clean-up more pleasant,” said brigade secretary Kathy Clifton.
“All together it is estimated the brigade collected between 30 to 35 bags of rubbish, with a further trailer load being collected from the bottom of Forest Road in the bush, where people seem to think it’s okay to dump items of steel grates and bags of personal rubbish.
“A huge thank you for a great job done by those volunteers who gave up a few hours to make this beautiful area that we live in more pleasant.”
Clean Up Australia Day events were also held at Bendalong, Lake Conjola, Narrawallee, Mollymook, Millards Creek in Ulladulla and at local schools.