Volunteer registrations for Clean Up Australia Day 2020 have opened with an appeal to Australians to step up on Sunday 1 March, to reduce the amount of waste in the environment.
Clean Up Australia Chairman Pip Kiernan said Australia creates 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year.
“It’s our 30th anniversary in 2020,” Ms Kiernan said. “To celebrate that milestone, we’d love to see 700,000 Australians cleaning up at 8,000 sites nationally on 1 March.”
“We are calling on Australians to step up to clean up, and join us on Sunday 1 March to collect as much of this waste as we can before it causes harm,” Ms Kiernan said.
Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community-based mobilisation event, and last year more than 680,000 volunteers removed more than 15,000 ute loads of rubbish from the 6,901 registered locations across the country.
“For 30 years now we’ve been cleaning up Australia. But Australians are creating more waste than ever, so we need more help. If people are unable to join a Clean Up on 1 March, they can step up by donating $20 to help us all year round,” Ms Kiernan said.
Funds raised through donations are allocated to the provision of educational resources and clean up materials provided free of charge to community, school and youth groups across the nation, throughout the year.
To register your Clean Up or make a donation go to cleanup.org.au