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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 the next Clean Up Australia Day?

It's always the first Sunday in March - so in 2022, the official Clean Up Australia Day will be Sunday 6 March.

However we know Australia's waste challenges can't be solved in just one day, so encourage you to organise a Clean Up any day of the year - and we'll send you a free Clean Up kit to get you started!

How have you responded to COVID-19?

All Clean Up events must be compliant with your state/territory’s COVID-19 restrictions, as they are on the date of your event. You can find the latest restrictions for your state/territory here. On top of that, there are some additional conditions that we have put in place to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and of the broader community.

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

The Great Northern Clean Up is an opportunity for communities located above the Tropic of Capricorn to participate at a time more suitable for their tropical climate. The Great Northern Clean Up happens annually during September/October. Find out more.

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 with Clean Up Australia 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!

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 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?

We can help with this!  Contact us via email - cleanup@cleanup.com.au or phone us on 1800 CUA DAY 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 happens if I have to cancel a registered Clean Up Site?

If your Clean Up Site has received any online volunteer registrations, you will need to advise them of the change in plans. 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 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?

Please try to register at least two weeks prior, to guarantee delivery of your free Clean Up kit. Please note that 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.

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. 

School Kits

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

Business Kits

  • 10 x large hessian bags (5 x general rubbish, 5 x recycling)
  • 10 x pairs of gloves
  • Supervisor vest
  • Sharps container
  • Letter with instructions

Community and Youth Kits

Up to 10 volunteers:

  • 10 x large biodegradable bags (5 x general rubbish, 5 x recycling)
  • 10 x pairs of adult gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Supervisor vest
  • Kit paperwork (if requested)
  • Sharps container (if requested)
Sites with up to 20 volunteers will receive two of the above kits

Family:

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

Individual:

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

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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