Clean Up Australia Day kicks off this weekend. Picture: Tim Levy
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WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH! Time to roll up those sleeves for Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day, aka the nation’s biggest ’emu bob’ kicks off this weekend, so it’s time to get out and about to give the country a good old spit polish.

With recent research revealing that one in two Australian households are more concerned about product packaging waste than they were in 2019, there is no better time to tackle the single-use disposable items (coffee cups, food packaging, sanitised wipes et all) that pollute out local parks, bushland, streets, waterways and beaches.

“This year has seen disruption to our lives, not least of all to our local environments which have been impacted by increased uptake of single-use, disposable items,” Clean Up Australia Day Chair Pip Kiernan said.

“We know Australians everywhere are itching to get involved. Indeed, it’s never been more important to get involved and make a real difference.

“By signing up to a Clean Up event, you are making a pledge to help conserve the environment for the long-term future, and taking an important action by stepping up for your community,”

The Clean Up Australia Day website features a handy, easy-to-use map outlining all of the clean-up sites in your neck of the woods.

And, never fear because there is certainly no shortage of spots in Newcastle and the Hunter for you to let your inner eco warrior shine.

If however you’re unable to make it to a Clean Up site, you can still show your support for this worthwhile and necessary initiative by making a donation to the cause via the website.

100 per cent of the funds raised through donations will be allocated to the provision of educational resources and clean-up materials provided free of charge to communities, schools and youth groups across the nation, all year round.

Roll up those sleeves and let’s get cracking!

Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 7 March. Head here to find out more information, to find a site near you or to donate.