Clean Up FAQ's


How can I get involved in CUAD?

Organising a Clean Up Site

Volunteering at a Clean Up Site

Additional resources for Clean Up Australia Day

About Clean Up Australia

When is the next Clean Up Australia Day?

Clean Up Australia Day takes place every year on the first Sunday in March.

Can I organise a Clean Up event outside of the Clean Up Australia Day dates?

As well as participating in the flagship Clean Up Australia Day event held on the first Sunday in March, we encourage communities, schools, youth and businesses to organise their own events at any time of the year. Learn more.

What is the Great Northern Clean Up and when does it take place?

The Great Northern Clean Up is an additional opportunity for communities above the tropic of Capricorn to participate at a time more suitable for the tropical climate. The Great Northern Clean Up annually happens during September/October. Click here to find out more.

How can I get involved in CUAD?

How can my business get involved in Clean Up Australia Day?

Your business can take part in Every Day Clean Up Day or become a Business Supporter. We also encourage businesses to organise Clean Ups on any day of the year. Alternatively, you can also support Clean Up Australia through Workplace Giving or by organising a mobile phone collection point in your workplace. Find out more.

How can my School get involved with Clean Up Australia Day?

School Clean Ups are designed for primary schools and younger children (given the smaller sized materials we distribute) and your school can either get involved on our annual Schools Clean Up Day or at any day throughout the year. Simply register as a school site and be sure to check out Clean Up Australia's Schools Climate Kit (including lesson plans) which is a great resource for schools and students. Find out more.

How can my Youth group get involved with Clean Up Australia Day?

A youth group is any group of people aged 12 - mid 20s. So high schools, TAFE Colleges and Universities all fall under our Youth category, as well as Guides, Scouts, PCYC, Surf Life Saving Clubs and other youth groups. You can register your youth group at any time of the year - simply sign up as a Youth Group and let us know which materials you need. Find out more.

Are there any activities to get my kids/students involved?

Volunteering at a Clean Up Australia Day or Schools Clean Up Day site is a great way for kids/students to help Clean Up Australia. 

How can my council get involved? 

The support of Councils is critical to the success of Clean Up Australia Day and the Great Northern Clean Up and without this, our events would simply not be able to operate. Councils can participate at many different levels, depending on the resources which you are able to provide, such as by removing the rubbish from Clean Up Sites, spreading the word about the campaign 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 aren't familiar with the area. Next please contact your local council to advise them of your Clean Up event. If you would like to conduct a Clean Up on private land, you will 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 with Clean Up Australia either online here or over the telephone 1800 CUA DAY (282 329).

How many hours should my Clean Up event run for?

The time needed for a Clean Up is dependent on the climate, size, number of volunteers and amount of rubbish at each Clean Up Site. It is therefore the individual decision of the Site Supervisor as to the length of their event. On average however, most events last for around two hours.

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.

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 process of your Clean Up you can nominate a Rubbish Collection Point, however this arrangement must be agreed in advance with your local council.

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

Please email our office to advise us of the change on cleanup@cleanup.com.au.

What happens if I have to cancel a registered Clean Up Site?

If your Clean Up Site has received any online Volunteer registrations you should notify these volunteers that you are unable to attend the Clean Up Day and that the Site will be cancelled. You must also notify Clean Up Australia if there is a cancellation by email cleanup@cleanup.com.au or phone 1800 CUA DAY.

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 clean ups in your area due to hazardous weather conditions in your region, 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?

Arterial Roads (including Highways) and Freeways cannot be registered for Clean Ups due to health and safety reasons. Roadside Clean Ups should only be carried out on Municipal (Council) roads. Clean Up Australia advises that you contact your local council to confirm any specific safety regulations or requirements that may be needed before you conduct your Clean Up activity. Please click here for additional safety requirements that you may need to consider.

When will I receive my Clean Up kit?

Please try to register at least 2 weeks before the event to guarantee delivery of your kit.

What does the Clean Up kit contain?

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.

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

Clean Up Australia is a community organisation and it is thanks to our partners that we are able to offer a Clean Up kit free of charge with the intention of helping to get you started for the event. Extra bags, gloves and rubbish pickers can be purchased from our online store.

We also suggest getting in contact with as many registered volunteers as possible and encouraging 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?

If you like to volunteer at a Clean Up site that has already been registered, you can use our site search to find an event near you. You can join a public event online or on the day.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clean Up Australia advises that all volunteers dress appropriately for the weather, including closed toe shoes. We also advise that you bring a hat, pair of gloves, sunscreen, water and eye protection.

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

All registered and approved Clean Up Australia Day 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 CUAD?

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.

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

Download additional materials here.

Do I need permission to use the Clean Up logo?

The Clean Up logo is trade marked, so you will need our permission to use it. Pleas 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.