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Clean Up Australia Day

Roll up your sleeves and join the cause as we come together to Clean Up Australia Day, creating a greener, cleaner future for all!
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Grab your gloves and bin bags because it's time to take action on March 3rd, for Clean Up Australia Day! This event is all about uniting as a country and taking pride in our beautiful natural landscapes by taking part in local clean up efforts. The initiative was first launched in 1989 by Ian Kiernan, an avid sailor who was shocked by the pollution he encountered while sailing around the world. Now, Clean Up Australia Day forms the country's largest community-based environmental event. So, let's bring out the best in our Aussie spirit by coming together to combat waste and keep our country pristine!

History of Clean Up Australia Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ian Kiernan's World Race</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ian Kiernan, an avid sailor, was shocked by the waste he encountered during the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world yacht race which inspired the creation of Clean Up Australia Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1989</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Clean Up Sydney Harbor Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first clean up day was organized by Ian Kiernan and took place in Sydney Harbor, attracting more than 40,000 volunteers who collected rusted car bodies, plastics, glass bottles and cigarette butts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inaugural National Clean Up Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Following the success of the Sydney event, the first national Clean Up Australia Day was held, involving 300,000 volunteers across the country.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Initiative Goes Global</div><div class='timeline-text'>The idea was taken to the world as 'Clean Up the World Weekend', supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Clean Up Australia Limited</div><div class='timeline-text'>'Clean Up Australia Limited' was listed as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to empower communities to clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ian Kiernan's Passing</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ian Kiernan passed away but his legacy continues, inspiring millions across the country and around the world to take action for a cleaner, healthier environment.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Clean Up Australia Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Organize a neighborhood cleanup drive</h3><p class='facts-text'>Gather your neighbors and friends and organize a joint clean-up of your local surroundings. This can be an efficient way to clean larger areas and also a great occasion to get to know your neighbors better.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Conduct a workshop on recycling</h3><p class='facts-text'>You can use this day as an opportunity to educate others about the importance and methods of recycling. Conduct a workshop or seminar discussing various ways of waste segregation, recycling, and proper waste disposal.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create art from waste</h3><p class='facts-text'>Repurposing waste materials into art is a creative way of reducing waste. Host an art contest where you challenge participants to create art using only materials found during the cleanup.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate and recycle old electronics</h3><p class='facts-text'>E-waste is a major contributor to pollution. Use this day to properly dispose of or donate any old electronics laying around in your home.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Start a compost bin</h3><p class='facts-text'>Transform your kitchen waste into a resource by starting your compost bin. Not only will it reduce the amount of garbage that goes to the landfill, it would also enrich your garden soil.</p></div></div>

Why Clean Up Australia Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes Environmental Awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Clean Up Australia Day brings awareness to the current state of our environment and the urgent need for waste reduction. It provides an opportunity for Australians to rethink their current lifestyles, encourage sustainable practices, and consider the long-term impacts of their actions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages Community Involvement</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>As the largest community-led environmental event in Australia, this day inspires community spirit as people from diverse backgrounds unite under one cause. It not only motivates individuals to take action but also promotes stronger community ties through shared activities.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrates Australian Pride</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The initiative encourages the nation to take pride in its beautiful landscapes and unique biodiversity. In the process, Clean Up Australia Day reinforces Australian identity as it ignites a collective passion for preserving the country’s natural beauty.</p></div></div>

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