Help bust litter bugs in the Upper Yarra

Cindy DeLuca is encouraging more rubbish warriors to join No Reason 4 Rubbish. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

By Renee Wood

Upper Yarra residents are being encouraged to join a local litter group to help clean up the Yarra Ranges.

No Reason 4 Rubbish first started in 2020, with founder Cindy DeLuca wanting to start a movement that ‘everyone can do’.

The group has since grown on social media to include more than 400 members and there’s still room for more to join.

“Our commitment to our community is a long term investment. Myself, co-founder Kylie Shorter, committee members Michelle Zwagerman and Kath Holton have been invaluable in helping this group stay honest and grow,” Ms DeLuca said.

Ms DeLuca is hoping residents living in other areas throughout the Yarra Ranges will sign on to the Facebook group to be encouraged to pick up litter and share their rubbishing escapades.

“One member found about 800 bottles that have just been stashed in a bushed areas off one of the roads in Healesville, New Grove Road, so someone has been just a serial tosser.”

Roadsides, parks, reserves and local streets are areas group members look to pick up trash and Ms De Luca believes the amount of litter is only growing as the region becomes popular with more visitors.

“There’s coffee cups, there’s beer cans – you name it – cigarette packets, slurpees.

“Healesville railway station, a tourist destination, there’s a lot of rubbish around there, there’s a lot of rubbish in the Queen’s Park area, and people pick up in that area all the time.

“Walking from Maroondah highway the Healesville entrance out towards the Yarra River and that area, we would come back and have eight to nine garbage bags and that’s just one clean up.”

Bendigo Bank has also sponsored the group, allowing NR4R to purchase logoed hi-vis, grabbers, gloves and other safety items.

Yarra Ranges Council has also supported the movement, providing insurance and rubbish pick ups.