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Clean Up Australia Day

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On the 7th of March, the 20th annual Clean Up Australia Day will be occurring at thousands of locations across this wide, brown land of ours.

This event does the impossible of making cleaning enjoyable, as friends and strangers unite to remove the rubbish that blights our beautiful country. You're just as likely to have a good chat and make some new friends as you are to get your hands dirty.

There are two ways you can join in this filthy fun: by establishing your own site, or volunteering for an existing one. Either way, you'll have to click here.

When the big day comes around, it's essential that you don't forget about safety. Wearing gloves is important, while a sharps container may also be needed. If you're working near a road, safety vests may be required and you'll have to ensure that any children are kept out of harm's way. But don't worry: all this equipment will either be provided by the site coordinator or in your volunteer's kit.

As part of the event, the organisers are running a number of competitions, as they search for deserving winners of their Local Hero, Site Coordinator, Green Teacher and Local Council Awards. Could it be you?

Curious about how things went last year? In that case, check out the 2009 Rubbish Report, which tells you, amongst other things, what the top ten sources of garbage were.

If you're looking for more information, click here for the FAQ. And if you're interesting on learning about the history of this famous Aussie event, click here.
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Why? Keep Australia beautiful
When: The 7th of March, 2010
Where: There’ll almost certainly be a site near your place
Cost: Free
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