Image courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day

Image courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day

This Sunday the 4th of March is our annual Clean Up Australia Day 2018 so get your gloves ready and join in the fight for a healthier environment. 

What started in 1989 as a single clean up Sydney Harbour initiative has now become Australia’s largest community based environmental event.  In the 27 years it has been running, Clean Up Australia Day has collected over 344 thousand tonnes of rubbish.  This shows the care and passion Australians have for protecting our environment as well as for trying their best to live more sustainably every day of the year. 

“Clean Up Australia Day has collected over 344 thousand tonnes of rubbish since starting in 1989“

There are so many different ways you could get involved in this event and many environmentally friendly choices we can all make in our daily lives.  The Clean Up Australia Day Organisation encourages all communities to make every day a clean-up day. This year you can create a clean-up site, join a site or even donate if you are unable to participate.

Anyone who finds a site in their community that needs a clean-up can initiate and register a ‘Clean Up Site’ online with the organisation.  You can then promote your own clean up event with family, friends and colleagues.  Alternatively, you could volunteer and join any open clean-up site all year round.  Check the Clean Up Australia Day website to find a site near you.

Schools will also be taking part in Clean Up Australia Day on Friday the 2nd of March.  This is a great opportunity to teach young people about the importance of taking care of our environment and living a more sustainable life.  Last year 2000 schools participated in the initiative, making an immense contribution to the 14,139 tonnes of rubbish removed in 2017.

 Image courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day

Image courtesy of Clean Up Australia Day

Businesses across the country are also encouraged to take part in Clean Up Australia Day.  This is an opportunity for them to engage with staff, customers and the local community.  Businesses can register a day and order a clean-up kit and merchandise through the Clean Up Australia Day Organisation.

We can all use Clean Up Australia Day as an inspiration to make more environmentally conscious choices every day of the year.  Here are a few simple steps you can take toward reducing waste and living a more sustainable life;

·       Bring your own reusable shopping bag and say no to plastic.

·       Carry a reusable water bottle.

·       Bring your own reusable coffee cup.

·       Say no to disposable straws and cutlery and bring your own metal cutlery or pack your own lunch in reusable containers.

Australia has one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world; from our pristine beaches to our ancient forests but the rubbish we create is slowly choking our continent.  We are all part of the problem but we can all start being part of the solution.