Port Waratah Coal Services employees

Business Clean Up Day Challenge makes tonnes of difference

On February 28, organisations around Australia took part in our annual Business Clean Up Day Challenge, part of the Clean Up Australia Day initiative.

This event challenged teams to clean up as much rubbish as they could in a two hour period, competing against each other to see who would be crowned the champion. Eighteen teams took part in the event which saw key sites in Adelaide, Brisbane, Carnarvon, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney cleared of rubbish and debris.

Across Australia we removed over three tonnes of general rubbish and recycling from our coastlines, parks, rivers and reserves. We also found some larger or somewhat unusual items including shopping trolleys, car parts, an x-ray, bank details with a pin, keys, lounge chairs, wheel barrows and a swing set.

Rio Tinto Employees get ready for the Business Clean Up Day Challenge

Rio Tinto employees in Perth limber up for the Business Clean Up Day Challenge

We were really delighted with the enthusiasm and gusto that each team showed on the day, despite the challenging weather encountered at many of the sites.

Congratulations to the winning teams:

Adelaide – Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Brisbane – Origin Foundation

Carnarvon – Origin Foundation

Melbourne – Origin Foundation

Newcastle – Port Waratah Coal Services

Perth – Rio Tinto

Sydney – Commonwealth Bank

We also thank Veolia, Toro and our own teams of enthusiastic community volunteers for their efforts on the day.

Our next corporate challenge event, the World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge is coming up on Friday June 2.  For more information on this and to register your interest for this event, please click here.