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Business Clean Up Day, Feb 28

Proving that one person really can make a difference, the Clean Up Day Australia juggernaut started with a simple idea to remove rubbish from one backyard – albeit it was Sydney Harbour – after yachtsman Ian Kiernan encountered appalling rubbish and pollution while competing in the BOC Challenge Solo Round-the-World Yacht Race. As soon as he returned home, Ian organised a community event with the support of a crew of friends, and got to work.

That was in 1989, and Clean Up Sydney Harbour Day received such an enormous public response – more than 40,000 Sydneysiders joined in – that he decided to do it again the following year. Almost 300,000 volunteers turned out on the first official Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 and that community involvement has steadily increased over the years.
Since then, millions of generous Australians have donated more than 31 million hours towards caring for the environment through the Clean Up Australia Day campaign, removing an estimated 311 thousand ute loads of rubbish from more than 166 thousand locations across the country.



Business Clean Up Day – Tuesday February 28, 2017

Business Clean Up Day encourages business owners and their staff to head to their local beach, bushland, park, street or industrial area and help collect rubbish. Last year, big-hearted businesses across the country gathered in 268 locations; a five per cent increase on the same period 2015.

Joining next week’s event is as simple as:

  • Locating a site that needs rubbish removal
  • Registering your Business Clean Up Site
  • Receiving your official Clean Up Kit
  • Start organising your Clean Up. See this comprehensive checklist for a list of things to do
  • Promoting your Clean Up Site within your organisation and on your business’s social channels to attract volunteers

There’s a wealth of information online, including starters kits, business resources and accident incidence forms.


Here’s a few common Q&A’s:

How do I select a Clean Up site location?

Look for an area near you that you think would benefit from a Clean Up; this could be a beach, waterway, park or industrial estate. Your local council may be able to help you identify a potential site if you aren’t familiar with the area. The next step is to contact your local council to advise them of your Clean Up plans.


How many hours should my Clean Up event run for?

The time needed for a Clean Up is dependent on the climate, size, number of volunteers and amount of rubbish at each Clean Up Site. It is therefore the individual decision of the Site Supervisor as to the length of their event. On average however, most events last for around two hours.


What are my responsibilities as a Clean Up Site Supervisor?

As a Site Supervisor, you are responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing your Clean Up event. You can see an overview of what is involved here, along with this safety site guide.


Where do I leave the rubbish at the end of the day?

You can either dispose of the bags of rubbish yourself, or organise with your local council to pick it up. Clean Up organisers encourage schools and businesses to use their own waste providers. During the online registration process of your Clean Up you can nominate a rubbish collection point that will be made available for councils to view, however this must be agreed in advance with your local council representative.


How do I register a Clean Up site?

You can register your Clean Up site with Clean Up Australia either online at or over the telephone 1800 CUA DAY (282 329).


If you have further questions, check out this page.

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Veda Dante

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