LETTER: Clean Up Australia to make a real difference

Change starts with you. 2019 Clean Up Australia Day registrations are now open, so it’s time to check out rubbish hotspots in your neighbourhood and challenge your friends and family to make 2019 the year when change starts with you.

Businesses are encouraged to focus their action on Clean Up Day (Tuesday, February 26) with schools running their own Clean Up on Friday, March 1 and youth and community groups taking to their streets over the weekend of March 2-3. 

Participating in one or more of these events is the perfect opportunity to join with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to remove all the rubbish accumulating in your local park, bushland, beaches and waterways before it kills our wildlife. 

Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community mobilisation event, and 2019 is the perfect time to band together. 

The key to success is stopping litter becoming rubbish. There are so many actions every one of us can take to help reduce the 8 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans worldwide each year. 

If picking up rubbish is not your thing, you can still be involved by making a donation. 

Clean Up Australia is owned by the community. 100 per cent of monies raised through donation is allocated to the purchase of materials provided free of charge to community, school and youth groups across the nation all year round. 

During the past 29 years volunteers have donated more than 33 million hours, at over 178,000 locations across the country. 

Together they have removed the equivalent of 350,000 ute loads of rubbish across Australia. To register your clean up event or make a donation go to www.cleanupaustralia.org.au

Terrie-Ann Johnson, 

Managing Director of Clean Up Australia

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