During a week that included Business, School and Community Clean Up Days, over 587,000 volunteers came together to clean up their local parks, waterways, beaches, sporting fields, bushland and roadways at more than 7,253 locations across Australia. This was a 14% increase in the number of sites, and a 4% increase in volunteer numbers over 2017.
As Clean Up Australia’s national partner, we were proud to be part of the 2018 Clean Up Day official site in Brisbane. Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia said, “It’s really great to see so many people passionate about removing rubbish from the places that are important to them.”
Cleanaway QLD General Manager, Neil Perry, joined Ian Kiernan, and QLD Minister for the Environment Leeanne Enoch at the event. “It was a very successful day by the Cleanaway Blue Army and Ian kindly thanked all the hard-working Cleanaway volunteers.” said Neil.
Results in progress predict volunteers have removed the equivalent of nearly 16,000 ute loads of rubbish over the last week – just the beginning of what is shaping up to be an incredible effort in 2018.
However, Ian reminded Australians that “Making a real difference starts with looking more closely at our personal purchasing behaviour, and becoming conscious of single-use products, packaging and plastics that we buy and then discard.”
Ian applauded Minister for the Environment, Leeanne Enoch for her leadership in waste management reform.
“2018 is a big year for Queenslanders – the end of the single use plastic bag is only four months away and the container refund scheme will be implemented in November.”
Cleanaway and Clean Up Australia joined forces for a four-year national partnership in 2016. Since the event started 28 years ago, Australians have donated more than 33 million volunteer hours, removing the equivalent of 350 thousand ute loads of rubbish from over 178,000 sites across the country.