25 Mar Clean Up Australia Volunteers Step Up In 2021
This year, Australians stepped up to Clean Up Australia in droves, with a 20% year-on-year increase in community registrations for Clean Up Australia Day 2021.
Clean Up Australia Chairman, Pip Kiernan, is not surprised by the immense community response. “The increase in the number of community events just proves that Aussies everywhere are worried about the environment and that it’s time to tackle the surge in single-use disposable items, such as takeaway coffee cups, food packaging and masks, all of which are polluting our local parks, bushland, streets, waterways, and beaches,” said Ms Kiernan.
Research* reveals more than 1 in 3 Aussie households said they produced more packaging waste during lockdown periods in 2020 compared to previous years, while over half said they are now more concerned about product packaging waste than they were in 2019.
“Our latest Clean Up Australia Rubbish Report revealed that half of all single items reported in 2020 were either plastic or contain plastic and packaging overall continues to dominate rubbish counts, representing close to 50% of all reported rubbish during the year,” added Ms Kiernan.
“We’ve seen communities across Australia unite to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment,” she said. “As the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, we’re very well known for our days of action, however, we also know that prevention is better than a cure.
If you can’t join a Clean Up, Ms Kiernan urges Aussies to make a donation to Clean Up Australia. 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, all year round.