Clean Up Australia returns as South Australia's single-use plastics ban kicks in

SIGN UP: Step up to clean up your town, school or business when Clean Up Australia Day hits in March. Photo: Shutterstock
SIGN UP: Step up to clean up your town, school or business when Clean Up Australia Day hits in March. Photo: Shutterstock

Registrations for Australia's largest community-based environmental event Clean Up Australia Day in March have opened, so there's no time like the present to jump on board.

According to organisers, it's a perfect opportunity for South Australians to get involved with the ban on single-use plastics beginning on March 1.

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Importantly, the event means binning discarded single-use disposable items such as takeaway coffee cups, food packaging, masks, and sanitised wipes; all of which can pollute local parks, bushland, streets, waterways, and beaches.

In fact, research shows more than one in three (34 per cent) of Australian households self-identified as producing more packaging waste during lockdown periods in 2020 compared to previous years.

Also, more than one in two (55 per cent) of households reported they are now more concerned about product packaging waste than they were in 2019.

Clean Up Australia chairman, Pip Kiernan, says now is the time for all Australians to 'Step Up to Clean Up', to help protect and conserve their local environments.

"Last year saw immense disruption to our lives, not least of all to our local environments which have been impacted by increased uptake of single-use, disposable items," Ms Kiernan said.

"We know Australians everywhere are itching to get involved and now is their chance to officially register for Clean Up Australia Day 2021. Indeed, it's never been more important to get involved and make a real difference."

Whether you are a first-time volunteer or a more seasoned Clean Up champion looking to get involved, now is the time for you to register your involvement.

EVENT DETAILS:

WHO:

Australians of all ages, community groups, schools and businesses are encouraged to register.

WHAT:

Clean Up Australia Day, Australia's largest community-based environmental event, are encouraging Aussie locals, schools, and businesses to Step Up to Clean Up this year to help protect and conserve their local environments.

WHEN:

  • Business Clean Up Day - Tuesday, March 2
  • Schools Clean Up Day - Friday, March 5
  • Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday, March 7

WHERE:

In your local area.

COST:

Free

Register:

This story Register to help Clean Up Australia first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.