Help Clean Up Australia and unmask a new issue

Clean Up Australia 6 March

24 February 2022


Clean Up Australia Day, Australia’s largest community-based environmental event, is on Sunday 6 March 2021.

Some Wildlife Queensland branches are hosting Clean Up events, and we encourage volunteers to get involved.

  • Wildlife Queensland’s Bayside Branch will be hosting an event at Sel Outridge Park in Redland Bay. Click here to join. 
  • Wildlife Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Branch is hosting an event at Ben Bennett Bushland. Click here to join. 

Unmasking an issue

This year, Clean Up Australia is particularly interested in counting the number of disposal face masks that have been discarded as litter, as well as removing other single-use items, such as takeaway coffee cups, food packaging, and wipes.

In 2020, more than three billion single-use masks were thrown out across the globe daily. However, locally, the extent of this littering problem remains unclear. That’s why Clean Up Australia is asking volunteers to help unmask the problem by tallying the number of face masks collected and removed from the environment.

Now is the time to Step Up to Clean Up, to help conserve the habitats our wildlife rely on. We urge you to join with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to help clean up your local parks, bushlands, beaches and waterways.

COVID-19 safe measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of volunteers and Clean Up kits now include QR codes for registration on the day and hand sanitiser, plus bags and gloves for every volunteer.

For more Clean Up Australia Day event information and resources, head to the Clean Up Australia website.

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