Join the clean up

Register for a 2019 Clean Up Australia Day event on 3 March.

Plastic continues to be the number one rubbish item reported across the state.

Data submitted by 2018 Clean Up Australia Day volunteers showed 36% of the rubbish collected in Queensland was plastic, with food packaging increasing by 14.6%. 

Clean Up Australia Managing Director Terri-Ann Johnson said the 2018 Report supported the need for a switch from single use packaging.

“Plastic will continue to impact our environment and natural heritage if we don’t act now,” Ms Johnson said. 

“Change starts with you and we need to make smarter choices every day.

“We need to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce as individuals and take simple actions such as carrying our reusable bags, replacing single use beverage cups and choosing products that are not over-packaged.”

Beverage containers, cigarette butts, small pieces of paper, chip and confectionery wrappers and glass alcoholic beverage bottles were some of the other rubbish items which topped the list during last year’s clean up. 

“Smokers need to understand that the core of most cigarette filters is a form of plastic called cellulose acetate which is very slow to degrade, taking anything from 18 months to 10 years to break up,” Ms Johnson said.

“These filters are also full of toxins, which can leach into the ground and waterways, damaging living organisms that come into contact with them.

“We all need to take responsibility for our choices.”

Last year, 141,484 Queenslanders participated in a Clean Up Australia Day event and collected an estimated 3583 ute loads of rubbish, an increase from the estimated 3306 ute loads collected in 2017.

To join the clean up register your clean up event or make a donation.