A mountain of rubbish removed from Perisher Valley
70kg of scrapped steel, 5kg of cardboard and paper, 60kg of plastic and glass recycling and over 600kg of rubbish has been removed from Perisher last week by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Perisher Resort staff, part of the Annual Clean-Up Perisher Day in Kosciuszko National Park.
Tim Scanlon, NPWS Environmental Liaison Officer said once the snow has melted, it reveals hidden rubbish from the winter season.
"The rubbish collected included gloves, food wrappers and drinks cartons, often dropped by skiers accidently from the ski lifts during the winter.
"Unfortunately, the rubbish collected also included many items that have been deliberately left, including nappies.
"Over 100 Perisher staff and 20 NPWS staff took part in this year's Annual Clean-Up Perisher Day, walking up and down the resort collecting huge bags of rubbish.
"The staff worked together for over five hours picking up all sorts of rubbish, across the resort.
"The result of the clean-up means over 600kg of rubbish is no longer cluttering up this iconic location.
"This isn't the first-time staff have grouped together to clean-up the resort this year. Back in October, 150kg of rubbish was collected over a 2-hour clean-up by NPWS and Perisher Staff and during the ski season staff spent over 100 hours collecting rubbish.
"Over one million people visit Kosciuszko National Park each year including many coming to experience it during the summer time. We ask the community to help us protect this stunning alpine location by ensuring that they take all rubbish with them when they leave.
"We want to thank everyone involved in the Annual Clean-Up Perisher Day which has greatly improved the resort environment for the summer.
"Fines of up to $250 to $500 can be issued for littering in NSW. NPWS staff will continue to patrol for littering in Kosciuszko National Park.