Last year over 540,000 volunteers united in the annual Clean Up Australia Day and removed a mind-blowing 16,100 tonnes of rubbish from over 7,000 sites nationwide.
On Friday, Mar. 3, thousands of people will pull up their sleeves in a campaign to clean up our country. It’s time to get off your backside and become a tidy Aussie. Here’s what you can do to help out.
Sick of all the litter lining the shoreline of your local beach or noticed a vacant block of land near your home has become a local dumping ground? Go to the official Clean Up Australia Day website where you can register a site and they’ll provide you with everything you need from clean up kits to promotional posters. Then all you have to do is rope in your merry band of helpers.
Perhaps organisation isn’t one of your talents, but the official Clean Up Australia Day website also has a list of registered sites where you can volunteer to muck-in. All you have to do is turn up. You’ll be doing your part for the community and it’s a chance to make new friends.
If you don’t like to get your hands dirty or breaking a fingernail rates as a disaster, why not dig deep and help out financially? Clean Up Australia relies solely on donations and corporate sponsors for funding. With your financial help you can make an environmental difference.
If you’re a school teacher or have children, you might like to get your kids to make posters about being a tidy Aussie and share them with the neighbours. You can also tweet, pin it or post your involvement to your Facebook page. It’s a good way to get the word out and encourage friends and family to actively take part.
The Clean Up Australia iPhone app is a free iTunes download and allows you to get involved with cleaning up in your community any time or anywhere. You’ll be able to see where the nearest Clean Up site is, register a site and even share photos through email, Facebook and Twitter.
Whether it's spitting out Hubba Bubba, carelessly discarding your Happy Meal packaging, or illegally dumping your rubbish in the bush, think twice before you do it. Make a conscious effort to dispose of your own rubbish.
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