Clean Up Australia Day Yass is on Sunday, March 6 from 9am to 11am.

Meet at Riverbank Park anytime during the window, bring your hat and water bottle and get ready to help clean up our country.

Children and dogs are welcome so bring along the whole family.

The annual nationwide event began over thirty years ago by Ian Kiernan AO – an “average Australian bloke”. Ian had the simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard and now the first Sunday in March is Australia’s largest community-based environmental event.

In 1989, Ian organised a community event with the support of a committee of friends – Clean Up Sydney Harbour, with the first official Clean Up Australia Day on 21 January 1990.

Over a million Aussies step up to clean up every year, donating their time to improve the environment.

It is well known that Australia has a plastics problem producing 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year, which equates to about 100kg per person.

But of this only 13% of plastic recovered and 84% is sent to landfill. Concerningly, around 130,000 tonnes of the plastic we consume leaks into the marine environment each year.

By 2025 it is predicted that 99% of seabirds worldwide will have ingested plastic.

Registration for Clean Up Australia Day is free for communities and schools (businesses pay a small fee) and this ensures that not only are you covered by the public liability insurance, but you’ll receive a free Clean Up Australia kit, delivered to your door by Amazon.

Clean Up Australia provide materials for:

  • individuals
  • families (2 adults, 2 children) – groups of 10
  • groups of 20
  • as well as paper-work free kits or BYO Clean Up material options for those who want to cut down on waste

Follow the Clean Up Australia Day Yass Facebook Page to keep updated about the town’s event.

Don’t forget to dress for the weather in closed-toe shoes, bring a pair of gloves, sunscreen, and stay hydrated.

By Brianna O’Rourke