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Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia Limited is a not-for-profit Australian environmental conservation organization founded by Australian Ian Kiernan , and co-founder Kim McKay , in 1989. It works to foster relationships between the business and government. , water and climate change. Since its inception, Clean Up Australia Clean Up Day, Clean Up Day Clean Up Day, Clean Up the Alps Clean Up Day, Clean Up the World Clean Up Day . The organization is behind Clean Up Australia Day, and other environmental projects and campaigns. [2] [3]

Clean Up Australia Day is held on the first Sunday of March every year, and encourages people to clean up their local areas. Any person can register a place they can clean up the Clean Up Australia website, and others can join them there. Activities on the day include removing large items such as these bodies and the collection of general waste lying around.


Clean Up Australia Day was first held in January 1989. [3] The idea was born out of an Australian Bicentenary event, “Lake Macquarie Clean-Up” which was instigated in 1987 by Ivan Welsh as Mayor of Lake Macquarie. [4] Then followed the local “Sydney Harbor Clean Up” event in 1989 with more than 40,000 volunteers who collected some 5,000 tons of rubbish. The 1990 Clean Up Australia Day event lancé Was Then by the Prime Minister, Bob Hawke over the initial opposition of the state Then Premier Nick Greiner . [5] Greiner later reversed his position and offered his support for the event. [6]

“The Rubbish Report” is produced by surveying participants. As of 1990, 94% of rubbish was from packaging. [7] By 1993 the campaign focusing more Was Strongly is sorting the rubbish into the file Managed recycleables , [8] and Kiernan Was using Clean Up Australia Day to advocate for exchange to legislation surrounding reduction of packaging and packaging returning to companies. [9] In 1994, over 8,000 sites were cleaned up as part of the day. [10] In 2008, Kiernan put a focus on bottled water, advocating for the expansion of container refunds in Australia. [11]In 2012, sponsorship cutbacks and a drop in private donations caused the organization to let go of its paid staff. [12]

Clean Up the World

Clean Up the World was established in 1994 after Ian Kiernan and Kim McKay approached the United Nations Environment Program , with an idea to take his Clean Up global concept. [13] [14]

Clean Up the World is an international campaign that encourages communities to clean up, establish and maintain their environment through the Clean Up the World Membership program.

A Clean Up the World weekend is held on the third weekend of September each year, by 2007, the event attracted more than 35 million people from over 120 countries to volunteer. [14]

Other Clean Up Campaigns and Projects

Business Clean Up Day

Business Clean Up Day [15] provides opportunities for business and the environment.

Businesses register their commitment to implement one of their enivironment-friendly initiatives in their workplace, giving them a chance to work as a team and make a difference to their local environment.

Schools Clean Up Day

Schools Clean Up Day [16] is designed to allow students to participate in Clean Up Australia as part of a school activity.

Clean Up the Kimberley

Clean Up the Kimberley [17] is a series of community action-based projects focussed on the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The primary objectives of this initiative are to increase the impact of rubbish hot spots, increase awareness of the scale and impact of rubbish in the region, change of local tourist behavior and improve local recycling and waste management infrastructure.

Clean Up the Alps

Clean Up the Alps [18] is a project aimed at protecting the Alpine region of Victoria. It is run by Victoria Parks, Conservation Volunteers Australia and local communities as part of the Victorian Government’s ‘The Alps: A fresh start – a healthy future’ program. The project culminates in the Clean Up the Alps weekend, held annually in November.

See also

  • Environment of Australia
  • Litter in Australia


  1. Jump up^ Date of incorporation.


  1. ^ Jump up to:c “Extract from ASIC ‘s database at AEST 17:02:03 on 24/02/2012 ACN 003 884 991” . National Names Index, index of corporate and business names . Australian Securities and Investments Commission . Retrieved 24 February2012 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Sally Jackson, “Exploiting great deeds for the common good” (Features section), The Australian (All-round Country edition), 6 September 2010, p 29 accessed 24 February 2012 via factiva.com (Document AUSTLN0020100905e696000be)
  3. ^ Jump up to:b “Column 8”, Sydney Morning Herald , 22 September 1989, p 1 accessed 24 February 2012 via factiva.com (Document smhh000020011117dl9m00tte); “CLEAN Up Australia, which is organized on a national clean-up day on January 21, now has 41 groups registered to take part.
  4. Jump up^ Gordon, Jason (March 17, 2007). “Train mayor fighter to end”. The Newcastle Herald . p. 5. In 1987 he instigated the Lake Macquarie Clean-Up campaign as an Australian Bicentenary event. After his success, Ian Kiernan at Lake Macquarie to learn more.
    Kiernan then went on to host the inaugural Clean-Up Sydney event, which then grew into Clean-Up Australia Day and Clean-Up the World Day.
  5. Jump up^ “PM Shoulders Clean-up Plan”,Sydney Morning Herald, 18 September 1989, p 7 accessed 24 February 2012 via factiva.com (Document smhh000020011117dl9i00rvy); “The Prime Minister launched a nation-wide foreshore clean-up program Sydney to overcome its pollution problems, but the Premier, Mr Greiner, described the plan as a publicity campaign. … The Prime Minister said the community campaign to clean up the nation’s 37,000 kilometers of coastline was a follow-on from Sydney Harbor clean-up, in which 40,000 people collected 5,000 tonnes of rubbish – 4,900 tonnes more than expected. “
  6. Jump up^ Darren Horrigan, “Even bigger Sydney area clean-up plan”, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 December 1989, p 2 accessed 24 February 2012 via factiva.com (Document smhh000020011117dlc700zgi)
  7. Jump up^ “Packaging ‘the rubbish culprit’.” . The Canberra Times (ACT: 1926 – 1995) . ACT: National Library of Australia. December 4, 1991. p. 7 . Retrieved 19 November 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ “Increase in recyclables.” . Times (Victor Harbor, SA: 1987 – 1999) . Victor Harbor, SA: National Library of Australia. March 5, 1993. p. 9 . Retrieved 19 November 2015 .
  9. Jump up^ “Call for more incentives to recycle.” . The Canberra Times (ACT: 1926 – 1995) . ACT: National Library of Australia. December 6, 1993. p. 4 . Retrieved 19 November 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/1301.0Feature%20Article71995?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=1301.0&issue=1995&num=&view=
  11. Jump up^ “Put Down the Bottle”. Government News, Vol. 28, No. 1, Feb. 2008: 18.ISSN 1447-0500.
  12. Jump up^ Miriam, Steffens. “Clean Up Australia’s money troubles are just a bump in the road, says Kiernan.” Sydney Morning Herald, The 12 July 2012: 6. Australia / New Zealand Reference Center. Web. Nov. 18, 2015.
  13. Jump up^ “Solo anti-rubbish campaign sparks global clean-up.”,Reuters News, 2 September 1993 accessed 24 February 2012 via factiva.com (Document lba0000020011121dp9202qa4); “A round-the-world yachtsman’s campaign against ever-growing mounds of garbage has prompted 600 communities to take part in a global clean-up, an Australian environmental organization said on Thursday. … Ian Kiernan, the yachtsman who launched the project The United States of America, United States of America, said 600 communities in 17 countries will clean streets, waterways and beaches from September 17 to 19. … UN Environment Program, include India, Zimbabwe and Mexico. “
  14. ^ Jump up to:b Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, “Acting locally”, Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia), 16 September 2007, p 8 accessed 24 February 2012 via factiva.com (Document SUNTEL0020070915e39g0007a); “An estimated 35 million people from around the world will be participating in the Clean Up the World campaign, a great Australian export.” Established in 1993 Clean Up the World with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), to encourage communities around the globe to take action, improving their environment and reducing the impacts of climate change. “
  15. Jump up^ Business Clean Up Day
  16. Jump up^ Schools Clean Up Day
  17. Jump up^ Clean Up the Kimberly
  18. Jump up^ Clean Up the Alps

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