Vapes, cigarette butts, coffee cups and soft plastics are on top of the list of items expected to be collected by more than 760,000 volunteers at the 2024 Clean Up Australia Day, scheduled for Sunday 3 March.
The single use products currently choking our region’s streets and waterways, will be collected and recorded on the national day aimed at highlighting our litter shortcomings.
Registrations for Clean Up Australia Day 2024 are now open, with organisers hoping to attract a record number of participants.
“Clean Up Australia Day is the largest volunteer clean up event across the nation each year and the most practical way to educate and demonstrate waste prevention,” says Clean Up Australia chair Pip Kiernan.
“By rolling up our sleeves and witnessing the sheer quantity as well as the common types of litter lining our streets, bushlands and waterways, we can gain a better insight into our own personal or household footprints on the environment.
“It encourages each of us to consider practical ways we can prevent that litter in the first place.”
Pip says teams will be encouraged to report their most commonly found items.
“You can’t help but be shocked by the scale of what ends up in our environment as litter,” she continued.
All Clean Up Australia Day volunteers receive a free Clean Up kit containing gloves and bags and other resources, with packs for individuals, families and community groups available (businesses are asked to pay a small fee to cover costs).
“We are always excited for new community members to join us who are yet to see what makes Clean Up Australia Day such a rewarding experience and why each year our community members keep coming back for more. It is such a special time to come together to care for and protect our environment for future generations.” Pip said.
If you are unable to participate, donations to Clean Up Australia are welcomed with 100% of funds raised going directly to empowering Australians to take positive action for the environment and providing Clean Up kits.
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