5332 Clean Up Sites Registered

Case studies

Clean Up Australia inspires and works with people to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment and below are just a few examples of how communities and individuals have been involved with Clean Up Australia Day.

Business Clean Up sites can vary greatly; some businesses use the day to Clean Up a local area, park, beach or creek whereas others use it as Clean Up their own office space and kick start environmental programs.  

Latitude Gallery

Since 2010, Latitude Gallery in Geraldton, Western Australia has been holding a Flotsam and Jetsam exhibition with rubbish collected during their Clean Up Australia Day effort. It is their way of trying to minimise landfill and help spread awareness to the community that what they throw into the ocean doesn't just disappear.

Zanah Banes, Gallery Manager at Latitude Gallery shares her Clean Up experience

Where do you conduct your Clean Ups? Why there?
We conduct our clean up at the Abrolhos Islands which are approximately 70km off the coast of Geraldton, Western Australia. We chose the island because Pia Boschetti, "the girl that grows the pearls" (the gallery owner) has a strong connection to the Islands. She was married there, her pearl farm is there and her family has camped there all her life.

What is the most unusual item you've come across?
The most unusual items we have come across are dolls heads and bed parts.

How long you've participated in Clean Up?
We have officially participated in Clean Up Australia for three years. However the fisherman and pearl farmers of the Islands have had collection points and cleaned the surrounding waters of the Abrolhos Islands for just over ten years now.

Who else is involved?
We try and have the entire community involved. Friends of the gallery and family members of the gallery staff are all invited to help out.

And tell us about the recycling (Art).
Once we collect all the rubbish we take it to the Geraldton Wharf and invite local aspiring and established artists to come and take any pieces they may think they can make art out of. The artists have a month to design their pieces and then we hold the ‘Flotsam and Jetsam' exhibition that runs for a month. It is a not for profit event and Latitude Gallery provides a $1000 gift voucher as first prize. Surrounding businesses such as Karl Monaghan Photography also donate prizes for the Artists.

The exhibition always raises the same questions; "Is that really rubbish?" and "Did you really find this in the ocean?" Unfortunately the answer is always yes. This is a large part of our motivation. Clean waters are so important not only for our business, but for the sustainability of this planet.



In 1999 Kyocera was looking to get involved in an entity that was supporting green initiatives - reducing land fill and reducing waste - and felt that Clean Up Australia presented a good opportunity to pursue those avenues. Since 2000, Kyocera has sponsored and participated in Clean Up Australia.

David Finn, Managing Director of Kyocera shares his Clean Up experence

Where do you conduct your Clean Ups?
The clean up project we get most excited about at Kyocera is our involvement at Brush Farm Park in Ryde. Over a five year period we eliminated the rubbish from this site and restored it to the beautiful community area it once was.

Brush Farm Park was a neglected piece of bush and due to the way the landscape falls away, was sadly a perfect tipping place where people could back up a truck and empty it. It had been used as an unofficial tip site for years. On one of our clean up days we collected 3 skip bins of rubbish, it was huge!

Over 5 years we removed all the rubbish and worked with horticulturists from Ryde Council to remove all the privet. Since this time Ryde Council has restored the heritage building on the site and it is an area now enjoyed by the local community.

What is the most unusual item you've come across?
I can't think of one particular item that's unusual but I've seen and cleaned up things like engine blocks, water heaters and every conceivable piece of rubbish people clean out of their households.

We did unearth a natural waterfall at Brush Farm Park one year which was pretty exciting. Once we cleared away all the rubbish there it was and that was quite an amazing thing to discover.

Anything else interesting?
It's been a very interesting journey with Clean Up and it's been a really positive thing, all our staff have greatly enjoyed the participation.

I'm a believer that actions speak louder than words, so it's one thing to sponsor something but it's quite another to get your hands dirty and actually physically do something. That's the sort of ‘can do' culture we value.