Volunteer registrations for Clean Up Australia Day 2020 are open with an appeal to Australians to step up on Sunday 1st March, to reduce the amount of waste across the Darling Downs.
“We are calling on Australians to step up to clean up and join us on Sunday 1st March to collect as much of this waste as we can before it causes harm,” Chairman Pip Kearnan said.
Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community-based mobilisation event, and last year more than 680,000 volunteers removed over 15,000 ute loads of rubbish from the 6,901 registered locations across the country.
She said “Australia creates 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year1. Only 12% of this is recycled with the rest ending up in our parks, roadsides, bush, waterways, oceans or in landfill as rubbish.
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“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 March 1, they can step up by donating to help us all year round,” Ms Kiernan said.
100% of 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.
If you can’t join the Clean Up but would like to Step Up and make a donation to Clean Up Australia go to cleanup.org.au. Clean Up Australia is a registered charity and all donations over $2 and tax deductable.
For more information visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au