It’s up to all of us to keep our planet clean, happy, and thriving. What will you contribute?

Clean Up Australia Day Events are not just about tidying up your local community for a day; they’re a commitment to a sustainable future.

Older women and young woman walking in nature and picking up litter from next to the river

As we gear up for this year’s Clean Up Australia Day, let’s explore ways we can make this event not just an annual ritual but an everyday lifestyle. There are plenty of ways to have a blast outdoors while helping to keep our communities clean. Ever tried plogging? It's like a treasure hunt while jogging - pick up litter as you go! Or join a community clean-up event; it's a great way to meet neighbours and make a difference. Challenge yourself to leave no trace behind when you're enjoying time in nature. Even if you're just out walking the dog, use your dog waste bag to collect any litter you find. Looking after nature is very rewarding and we can have fun while protecting it.

Clean Up Australia Day 2024 events near you

Lead or join a clean up near you! Be a Part of Australia's biggest environmental movement.

Thirty years ago, one Aussie's vision sparked a nationwide initiative. Today, Clean Up Australia Day stands as a pinnacle of community-driven environmental action.

Seize the opportunity to rally your household, school, workplace, or social circle. Let’s keep our neighbourhoods clean and thriving.

red apples in a reusable mesh bag

It’s up to all of us to keep our planet clean, happy, and thriving. What will you contribute? Here's our top six suggestions for making everyday Clean Up Australia Day.


1. Conscious cart crusaders

While the allure of shiny packaging is undeniable, it often comes at the cost of our environment. Opt for products with minimal or biodegradable packaging. We all know about the power of reusable bags and containers when you hit the grocery store–but do you remember yours? This small shift can significantly reduce single-use plastic waste and keep our local environments and waterways clean.

sewing to attach denim pocket to a canvas bag

2. Turning trash into treasure

Get your creative juices flowing by upcycling items that would otherwise end up in landfills. Transform old furniture, containers, or clothing into something new and exciting. This reduces waste and adds a touch of uniqueness to your living space. Gather the family for a weekend upcycling project, reinforcing the importance of resourcefulness and sustainability.

recycled glass jars with chopped vegetables inside

3. Plastic-free pact 

Have you taken a plastic inventory in your household? How frequently do you use single-use plastic, and where is there room for some habit changes? Make it a mission to decrease your reliance on plastic. Invest in reusable water bottles, lunch containers, and coffee cups. Consider alternatives to plastic packaging, like glass or stainless steel containers. Engage your kids in this plastic-free journey–turn it into a game where they actively participate in choosing eco-friendly options for their daily needs. Check out our Plastic Free Challenge with ten educational tips or Plastic Free Ways to Enjoy the Georges River.

balcony overlooking apartment buildings with pot plants and comfortable seat

4. Garden-to-table goodness: grow your greens

Not only does growing your own fruits and veggies reduce the need for excess packaging, but it also fosters a deeper connection with nature. While not everyone has the space for a huge veggie patch (even though you might love one), you can always grow something small. From herbs to lemon trees, chilli plants or tomato plants, grab a pot and some seeds and have fun. Involve your family in setting up a small home garden–kids especially love watching their plants grow. It provides fresh produce and teaches valuable lessons about sustainability, the food cycle, and preserving natural resources like water.

scraping vegetable scraps into a soil compost

5. Zero-waste heroes

Get creative about the ways you can reduce your household rubbish. Transform your kitchen scraps into rich, nutrient-packed compost. Create a designated compost bin and involve your kids in sorting organic waste. Instead of throwing out paper that has a blank side, teach your loved ones to reuse it as scrap paper. Not only do these small acts of conscious waste disposal minimise what goes into our landfills, but you can also enrich your garden beds and maximise the use of various products. It’s a win-win for your household and the environment. You can find a few more ideas on Reducing Your Rubbish here. 

natural cleaning products in glass containers, including vinegar and baking soda, with salt and citrus

6. Get your green scrub on

Swap out harsh chemicals for eco-friendly alternatives in your cleaning routine. Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon can work wonders without harming the environment. And they work at removing mould and grime. Educate your family on the harmful effects of certain chemicals and empower them to make sustainable choices. Search the internet for fun and unique recipes that incorporate natural cleaning products. Fewer chemicals in the home can also improve the health and well-being of your family and pets. Plus, the chemicals you don’t use won’t end up in local river catchments and, eventually, our precious Georges River. We love that, don’t you?

The Georges River and all the waterways in the catchment deserve our care. By rolling up our sleeves and committing to daily eco-friendly practices, we contribute to a cleaner local environment and directly impact the health of the Georges River. 

Say goodbye to wasteful plastic usage and hello to conscious consumption. Your commitment to sustainable living significantly impacts the preservation of the beauty and biodiversity of our waterways. Check out your local council website to get involved with your community’s clean up initiatives or waste-wise workshops.

Let’s commit to small yet impactful changes in our habits, which, over the years, will help the Georges River for generations to come.

Feeling proud of your efforts? Why not tag us @GeorgesRiverkeeper and @cleanupaustralia on social media.