Step up and clean up for Clean Up Australia Day

2nd March 2023
Each year in March, for more than three decades, Aussies have been inspired and empowered to take practical environmental action.

Sunday 5 March 2023 is Clean Up Australia Day!

As one of the country’s most recognised and trusted environmental organisations, Clean Up Australia has helped Australians take practical environmental action for over 30 years. Clean Up Australia Day is now the nation's largest community-based environmental event.

Many people are shocked to find out that:

  • By 2050, it is estimated that plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish
  • 84% of plastic is sent to landfill and only 13% is recycled
  • Approximately 130,000 tonnes of plastic leaks into the marine environment each year
  • By 2025, it is predicted that 99% of seabirds worldwide will have ingested plastic
  • Around 2.5 million tonnes of plastic is sent to waste each year (that's 100kg per person)
  • One million tonnes of Australia's annual plastic consumption is single-use plastic.

Australia's environmental challenges can't be solved in just one day. Here's some simple steps you can take to live a little more sustainably every single day:

  1. Stop littering. If a public bin is full, take your rubbish home with you.
  2. Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Compost.
  3. Buy secondhand and contribute to the circular economy.

The Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority and Clean Up Australia websites have plenty of tips to prevent rubbish entering the environment.

We know that Fleurieu Peninsula residents are already some of the most passionate environmentalists in the state, so we wanted to say a big thank you for helping us keep our natural surrounds beautiful.

Let's keep the momentum going!

Learn more about Clean Up Australia Day