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How to start planning to organise a Clean Up Australia event
Clean Up Australia Day was founded in 1989 and is based on the simple idea of people in the community coming together to clean up their local area. This popular event is even going global now.

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There is after all only so much council and government bodies can do to clean up any area. We often find that when cleaning up a site, that no matter how well cleaned a location appears, when you start poking around obscure corners, you can find huge piles are trash have accumulated where people don't look.

Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day
Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day


Held on the first Sunday of March every year, now is the time to start planning your Clean Up Australia Day event. If you are planning to organise a clean up Australia Day site, then the steps are simple.

First, find a location that you know needs cleaning up. This could be a local park, beach or other natural location in your area. Ideally find a location that you have some sort of connection with. For example we usually clean up a local bushland area that we often visit.

Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day
Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day


Parks and roadways are the two sites where the most number of rubbish items are collected. This is followed by rivers and creeks, then public bushland. School grounds and shopping centres shouldn't be forgotten either. Beaches in Australia usually don't have that much rubbish, but they are still important and popular places to clean up.

Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day
Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day


Next go online to the Clean Up Australia Day website to see if anyone else is organising a cleanup at the location you want to clean up. While there are a large number of locations you will be surprised how many are missed.

Register you location. They will send you your clean up kit that includes gloves, bags and so on. You can also buy items through the website such as Clean Up Australia Day t-shirts (so that you look official).

Note: It is important you register, because Clean Up Australia Day works with the local councils to arrange pickup of rubbish that collected and it also lets them tally how much rubbish is actually collected. In addition, if you find items that are too large to collect, such as car bodies, they can provide this information to the council so that they can be removed at a later time. Finally, they also provide insurance should someone be injured on the day.

Some of the rubbish that we collected last year and a skip provided by the council
Some of the rubbish that we collected last year and a skip provided by the council


Start organising people to come. Some people will join through the website, but you should also need to recruit friends, family, colleagues and classmates. You can also put up posters in your local area. Some workplaces do Clean Up Australia as a team building activity.

Then you turn up on the day, register all participants for insurance purposes, do you Clean Up Australia Day safety talk and start cleaning up. Most Clean Up Events go for a few hours.

Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day
Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day


Some event sites also host things like sausage sizzles with proceeds being donated to Clean Up Australia. You need to start planning now, because you need to find a location, register, obtain your kit from Clean Up Australia and recruit people.

Of course you don't need to host an event to be part of Clean Up Australia Day, you can find a site someone else is organising to join or simply donate.

 Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day
Photo courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day


How much does Clean Up Australia Day matter. Well in 2014 nearly 80,000 volunteers collected 2,500 tonnes of rubbish from 1,141 sites. Many of your favourite beaches, parks and public spaces are clean thanks to Clean Up Australia.
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When: You can decide when to start and end your clean up event
Phone: 1800 282 329
Cost: Free
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