It was a warm and humid Tuesday morning in February when, armed with little more than plastic bags and rubber gloves, ARN staff took to the waterways to Clean Up Australia.
Joined by representatives from memory distributor Simms International, storage vendor Exabyte and PR firms Howorth Communications and Pulse Communications, ARN ventured to Tunks Park on Sydney's North Shore as part of the national Business Clean Up Day.
A corporate version of the successful Clean Up Australia Day program, Business Clean Up Day provides an opportunity for companies across Australia to give back to the community and local areas in which they reside.
Held on February 26 in the lead-up to the general Clean Up Australia on Sunday 3 March, Business Clean Up Day is an opportunity to build stronger employee relationships, move toward environmentally sustainable practices, and implement waste-reduction strategies in the workplace that are efficient and cost-effective.
The IT industry is responsible for a staggering amount of waste each year, according to Ian Kiernan, chairman of Clean Up Australia. In a recent interview with ARN, Kiernan said it is up to the companies that profit from the IT industry to be responsible for the adequate disposal of the waste it produces.
ARN's inaugural participation in the Business Clean Up Day was a resounding success, with 15 volunteers collecting over 20 bags of rubbish from the park and foreshore areas. Besides copious amounts of plastic, glass bottles and general refuse, interesting items found included the grill from a 1970s sedan, two pairs of matching shoes and a badly decomposed horse's head. Just kidding . . . there was only one pair of matching shoes.