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How can I get involved?

Organising a Clean Up Site

Volunteering at a Clean Up Site

Additional resources for Clean Up Australia Day

About Clean Up Australia

When is Clean Up Australia Day and is it too late to get involved?

It's always the first Sunday in March - so in 2022, the official Clean Up Australia Day was Sunday 6 March. But the great news is you can organise a Clean Up for any day of the year!

We'll still send you a free Clean Up kit because we we know Australia's waste challenges can't be solved in just one day.

Sign up here

It's raining! How do I postpone or cancel my Clean Up event?

Our thoughts are with communities impacted by the devastating floods that have destroyed and damaged homes, infrastructure, animals and properties across QLD and NSW. We hope to play a small role in supporting your Clean Up efforts when waters subside and it is safe to do so.

Event dates can be very easily changed by the site supervisor. We know that Australia's waste challeges go far beyond one day and encourage you to postpone rather than cancel your Clean Up event if possible. Any areas affected by heavy rain and damaging winds will need attention when it is safe for volunteers to gather outdoors.

Simply log-in to your account

  • Go to “ My Events” and click on the “Edit My Page” tab
  • Scroll down to “Time/Date of Event”
  • Make changes and click on “Update Details”

 Any volunteers who have registered for your site will need to be notified of date/time changes via these additional steps:

  • Sites with volunteers attached will have a “Site Volunteers” tab next to the “Edit My Page” tab.
  • Click on the “Site Volunteers” tab – volunteers are displayed under “Others taking part in your Fundraiser”
  • Each volunteer can be contacted by clicking on the “Send Email” link under their name.

Please also notify Clean Up Australia if there is a cancellation by email cleanup@cleanup.com.au or phone 02 8197 3400.

What is the Citizen Science Project and how do I get involved?

The amount of plastic waste has been surging because of the pandemic and there are concerns there will be long-term damage to the environment but at this stage there is no data to substantiate the impact.

Clean Up Australia is keen to unmask the extent of the problem as a litter issue and we're calling on Aussies to join our Citizen Science project by counting the number of discarded face-masks (and other items!) removed from our environment.

One person per Clean Up event will be asked to log the collection tally online, and a Clean Up Australia site number will be required to proceed - this is necessary to verify your involvement and ensure statistical integrity for this project.

 Learn more here

 

Can I join someone else's Clean Up event?

You can use our site search to find an event near you. Some sites will be listed as private and are unable to welcome members of the public. If you find an event and would like to join it we encourage you to register online as it helps site supervisors anticipate numbers and plan accordingly. It also means you can be automatically notified if there are any last minute changes.

If you are unable to find an event near you please consider signing up to do your own Clean Up - it means you'll be covered by our Public Liability insurance and able to participate our Citizen Science project

What's happening in regions affected by flooding?

Clean Up Australia Day events have been postponed in regions that have been impacted by floods. We are liaising with councils in these areas to support their efforts.

Learn more here

How can I get involved?

How can my business get involved in Clean Up Australia?

We offer a range of ways for businesses to get involved with Clean Up Australia. You can choose from simple one-off clean up events, a competitive multi-site corporate challenge, or educational team-building sessions. Or perhaps you want to join forces and partner with us for branding alignment or to help solve an environmental problem?

Find out more.

How can my school get involved with Clean Up Australia?

Your school can get involved on our annual Schools Clean Up Day or at any time throughout the year.

 Find out more

We also offer RECYKOOL, a program that will help primary school students better understand and manage rubbish and litter that accumulates at your school.

Learn about RECYKOOL

How can my youth group get involved with Clean Up Australia?

We categorise a youth group as any group of people aged 12 years through to mid 20s. So high schools, TAFEs, colleges and universities all fall under our Youth category, as well as Guides, Scouts, PCYC, Surf Life Saving Clubs and a whole range of diverse organisations! You can register at any time of the year - simply sign up as a Youth Group and let us know what materials you need. Find out more.

How can my Council get involved? 

The support of Councils is critical to the success of Clean Up Australia. Without councils, our events would simply not be able to operate. Councils can participate at many different levels (depending on available resources) - by removing the rubbish from registered sites, spreading the word about the community sites or by organising their own Clean Ups. Find out more.

Organising a Clean Up Site

How do I select a Clean Up site location?

Look for an area near you that you think would benefit from a Clean Up; this could be a beach, waterway, park or any shared space. Your local council may be able to help you identify a potential site if you need a hand. Once you have chosen your location, please contact the local council to advise them of your Clean Up event. If you would like to conduct a Clean Up on private land, you will of course have to get the landholder's permission. Then register your Clean Up site on our website.

How do I register a Clean Up site?

You can register your Clean Up site online here 

How many hours should my Clean Up event run for?

The time needed for a Clean Up varies greatly and is dependent on the size of the site, number of volunteers and amount of rubbish. On average however, most events last for around two hours. You may also want to have a barbecue or picnic after the Clean Up, to reward the hard work of your volunteers - just make sure you don't leave any rubbish behind!

Where do I leave the rubbish at the end of my Clean Up?

You can either dispose of the bags of rubbish yourself or liaise with your local council about a collection. We encourage schools and businesses to use their own waste providers. During the online registration of your Clean Up you can nominate a Rubbish Collection Point, however this arrangement must be agreed in advance with your local council.

What are my responsibilities as a Site Supervisor?

As a Site Supervisor, you are responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing your Clean Up. You can see an overview of what is involved with being a Site Supervisor in our Clean Up Day Site Guide. Please check also the Safety section on our website.

How can I change details on my Clean Up Site registration?

We can help with this!  Contact us via email - cleanup@cleanup.com.au or phone us on 02 8197 3400 and we can give you a hand.

If you're feeling independent, you can log in and do it yourself, but please be sure to let all your volunteers know of the new details. We would also request that you email us, to alert us of the change.

What if it is raining on the day?

Clean Up Australia's first concern is your safety. If you feel that it is appropriate to postpone a Clean Up due to hazardous weather conditions, please do so. Please inform any registered volunteers of this postponement and think about how you will inform any volunteers who turn up on the day. In order to remain covered by Clean Up Australia's public liability insurance, it is important that all sites notify us of the new date for your Clean Up.

Can I organise a roadside Clean Up?

There are two different site types: Footpath and Roadside.

A footpath is an area designated exclusively for use by pedestrians, and if near a roadway, is separated from vehicles by a kerb or similar barrier. 

A roadside is the area beside a road that has nothing separating vehicles and pedestrians. There are very important safety considerations with which you must comply to register a roadside Clean Up. Please read through the Safety page for the specific regulations.

When will I receive my Clean Up kit?

We typically ask that participants please try to register at least two weeks prior, to guarantee delivery of your free Clean Up kit. We send out the kits in order of event date, not date of registration, so don't panic if your kit doesn't arrive immediately after registering.

Please be aware that if you are registering at this late stage we can’t guarantee your kit will arrive in time for Sunday, but we encourage you to join in and sign up to be covered by our public liability insurance and participate in our Citizen Science initiative, tallying the number of face-masks and other litter items collected and removed from the environment - you can simply grab your gardening gloves and a rubbish bag to participate.

And it’s important to remember you can Clean Up Australia any day of the year – we know our waste challenges go far beyond one day.

What's in a Clean Up kit?

Once you have successfully registered your Clean Up site through our online registration process, we will send you out a kit of materials to assist with your Clean Up. Please note that there are different versions of kits for individuals and community groups, schools and businesses. 

Community, Youth Group, and Individual Kits

Individual kit:

  • 2 x large bags (1 x general rubbish, 1 x recyclables)
  • 1 x pair of adult gloves

Family kit:

  • 2 x large bags (1 x general rubbish, 1 x recyclables)
  • 2 x small bags (1 x general rubbish, 1 x recyclables)
  • 2 x pairs of adult gloves
  • 3 x pairs of kids gloves

Kit for up to 10 volunteers:

  • 6 x large bags (half for general rubbish, half for recyclables)
  • 10 x pairs of adult gloves in two sizes
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Hi-vis supervisor vest
  • Kit paperwork (if requested)
  • Sharps container (if requested)
Kit for up to 20 volunteers:
  • Receives 2 x "Kit for up to 10 volunteers"

School Kits

Preschool & Primary School Kits

  • 10 x small compostable bags (5 x general rubbish, 5 x recyclables)
  • 30 x pairs of kids gloves
  • 4 x pairs of adult gloves
  • Letter with instructions

Secondary School Kits

  • 12 x large bags (half for general rubbish, half for recyclables)
  • 20 x pairs of adult gloves in two sizes
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Hi-vis supervisor vest
  • Letter with instructions

Business Kits

  • 10 x large bags (5 x general rubbish, 5 x recyclables)
  • 10 x pairs of gloves in two sizes
  • Hi-vis supervisor vest
  • Sharps container
  • Letter with instructions

How can I receive more bags and other material to assist me with my Clean Up event?

Clean Up Australia is a charitable organisation and it is thanks to our donors and partners that we are able to offer a Clean Up kit free of charge. Extra bags, gloves and rubbish pickers can be purchased from our online store.

We suggest you contact your volunteers and encourage them to bring along a pair of gardening gloves and a rubbish collection bag.

All paper material, e.g. Volunteer Registration Forms, Site Guide, etc. can be downloaded here.

Volunteering at a Clean Up Site

How do I volunteer at a Clean Up Site?

Use our site search to find an event near you. We encourage you to register online as it helps site supervisors anticipate numbers and plan accordingly.  Some sites will be listed as private and are unable to welcome members of the public.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Please dress appropriately for the weather, including closed-toe shoes. We also recommend that you bring a hat, pair of gloves, sunscreen and water - in a reusable bottle!

What insurance does Clean Up Australia provide to volunteers during Clean Up activities?

All registered and approved Clean Up sites are covered by Clean Up Australia's Public Liability Insurance. Clean Up Australia does not provide Personal Accident or Injury Cover.

Additional resources for Clean Up Australia Day

Where can I find statistics on the rubbish picked up during Clean Up Australia Day?

View the yearly Rubbish Report here. The statistics you share with us are very important and we are conscious of the amount of effort you have taken to compile and send them to us. They are shared without any costs with the CSIRO, state and local government - pooling our information with them to plot rubbish trends, hot spots and impacts. We also use this data in our advocacy for waste management reform.

You can lodge your report using the paper form in your kit, or fill it in online.

Where can I download promotional materials for Clean Up Australia Day?

Download resources here.  Please remember to tag us on Facebook and Instagram: @CleanUpAustralia

Do I need permission to use the Clean Up logo?

Yes. The Clean Up logo is trademarked, so you will need our permission to use it. Please contact us at cleanup@cleanup.com.au to arrange permission.

About Clean Up Australia

How did Clean Up Australia start?

In 1989, Ian Kiernan had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard - Sydney Harbour. He organised a community event with the support of a committee of friends - Clean Up Sydney Harbour. This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, with the first official Clean Up Australia Day on 21 January 1990. Click here to learn more.

What are Australia's waste challenges?

 

Great question! Australia’s waste challenges continue to grow. Now, more than ever, it’s time to Step Up and support solutions which move us towards a circular economy – where everything is a resource, and there is no such thing as waste.

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