Cigarette butts are a big litter problem at Forest Lake. Hundreds were collected in just one clean up session.
Cigarette butts are a big litter problem at Forest Lake. Hundreds were collected in just one clean up session. Supplied

Pokémon Go leads to big litter problem

BAGS full of dirty cigarette butts, plastic bags and fast food wrappers are a regular sight around Forest Lake.

A group of local volunteers and Brisbane City Council are fighting to change people's habits and to rid the area of litter.

Forest Lake resident Lea recently started regular litter "scavenger hunt" days to help pick up rubbish in and around the lake.

She is encouraging Forest Lake community groups and families to join in to help make a positive impact on the local community.

"I was walking around the lake and saw a piece of plastic in there. It was then I realised every day we walk past litter and don't always pick it up," she said.

"I was feeling really disheartened at the amount of litter I was seeing compared to when I moved to the area six months ago so it became a challenge for me to change the mindset behind that.

"I believe everyone needs to contribute and it only takes one person to make a change."

 

HELPING OUT: Volunteers of all ages with Cr Charles Strunk collect litter at Forest Lake.
HELPING OUT: Volunteers of all ages with Cr Charles Strunk collect litter at Forest Lake. Supplied

Forest Lake Ward councillor Charles Strunk said the clean-up days were held on the second Sunday of every month.

"Litter has been one of the bigger issues around the lake precinct for a number of years," he said.

"Good people like to do the right thing by throwing rubbish away in bins but unfortunately the bins weren't big enough in some cases or hard to access.

"Council workers are working their way around the lake replacing all those bins now."

The councillor said the problem worsened when the Pokémon Go app was released.

"Then of course Pokémon hit so it really escalated the need," he said.

"Litter getting into the lake was an issue but the other one was graffiti.

"Tens of thousands of tags are removed around Brisbane and last financial year 3175 were removed from Forest Lake alone."

The next clean-up day will be held on September 11 at 9am-12pm with the group meeting at the stage area on Forest Lake Blvd.

For more phone 34071211.



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