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The 2066 Litter Challenge




A big thank you to the Lane Cove community for supporting the 2066 Litter Challenge and Plastic Free July! Together we have removed more than 11,889 pieces of litter that might otherwise still be polluting our streets or waterways. Look out for The 2066 Litter Challenge in 2020 where our target will be even more ambitious.



Are you up for the challenge? As part of Plastic Free July, we are aiming to remove 2,066 pieces of litter from the Lane Cove Local Government Area.

Join the 2066 Litter Challenge in July to be in the running for prizes.

How do I get started?

Pick up litter in July and log how many items you picked up and where. Lane Cove gift vouchers, to the value of $100*, will be awarded for:

  • The most items picked up by an individual
  • The most items picked up by a group or family
  • The most unusual item found

*The winners will be announced in August.  Maximum of one prize per residential address. Maximum prize pool of $300. Open to Lane Cove LGA residents only

We would love to share any 'before and after' images of the area you cleaned, or images of the litter collected, to inspire others to make a difference too. Please send images to The images will be shared on Council's Facebook page and will remain anonymous. 


There are fun events to help us reach the goal of removing 2,066 pieces of litter from the environment.

Clean Up Cunningham's Reach

Already a stunning location, we aim to make Cunninghams Reach completely litter free for everyone to enjoy.

Bring the whole family to this community clean up. All ages are welcomed.

Bags, gloves, litter pickers and refreshments are provided. Every participant will receive a native plant.

When: Tuesday 9 July, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Cunninghams Reach.  Accessed from Burns Bay Road via a loop road below Figtree Bridge.

Register to be part of this community event.


Join this free event and paddle along the Lane Cove River collecting rubbish before it is lost into the ocean. Kayaks and morning tea are supplied, and a medium level of fitness is required.

When: Tuesday 23rd July, 8:00am  - 11:00am

Where:  The kayak trip will launch from Griffith Park in Woodford Bay and progress into the Lane Cove River before returning to our starting location.

Registrations essential.

Why remove litter?

Litter is an eyesore and removing it keeps our neighbourhood beautiful. Litter can negatively impact your sense of community and make people feel less safe. By picking it up, you're showing pride for your community and beautifying the area. Also, it protects wildlife. Animals can confuse litter for food or nesting materials. If litter gets into waterways, chances are it'll harm aquatic ecosystems as well. Picking up litter helps prevent wildlife from chancing upon it. Finally, picking up litter creates a 'new normal'. What you'll notice is, as you are picking up litter you will inspire other people to pick up litter too.

So c'mon, join the 2066 Litter Challenge this July and make a difference to our environment.

Things to remember:

When you are picking up litter consider taking these items with you:

  • A mobile phone in case of an emergency.
  • A pair of tongs and heavy-duty gloves to remove sharp objects.
  • Buckets, extra gloves and rakes.
  • Drinking water and refreshments.
  • Sunscreen and a hat.
  • Wear enclosed shoes.

DIspose of the litter you collect in the nearest bin.

Please ensure you take adequate precautions to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you.

Do not handle syringes. If you see a syringe, inform Council.

Do not handle any item you are unsure about.

If you require bags, gloves, litter pickers or buckets please contact Councils Sustainability Coordinator.