Get involved in the Great Spring Clean

Media Release 22 August 2023

The City of South Perth is supporting Clean Up Australia Day's Great Spring Clean by offering rubbish collection for all clean up events registered in our community. 

Registration for the Great Spring Clean is free, and participants receive a free Clean Up kit, containing gloves and bags and other resources, with packs for individuals, families and community groups available (businesses are asked to pay a small fee to cover costs). 

The Great Spring Clean is a new, nationwide initiative to tackle litter and improve the environment, fostering a sense of community engagement and environmental stewardship and encouraging Australians to take action in September. 

Pip Kiernan, Chair of Clean Up Australia said many Australians are concerned about the environment but feel frustrated and unsure how to make a positive impact.

“We know our country’s environmental challenges go far beyond one day and the Great Spring Clean is another chance for Aussies to do some good – to get out there and take practical action before the heat of summer hits. 

“Spring cleaning our homes is an annual ritual for so many people – so we’re encouraging whole communities to get out and clean up their local environments next month,” Ms Kiernan said. 

Kiernan said the Australian environment was facing unprecedented pressure.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen severe bushfires, cyclones and floods, and increased pressures on our biodiversity and an ever-growing volume of waste leaking into our natural and marine environment.” 

Per capita, Australia is now one of the biggest generators of single-use plastic waste – ahead of the United States. Our country's waste challenges continue to grow, and our plastic pollution problem is worsening. Australia produces 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year, equating to 100 kg per person. Of this, only 13% of plastic is recovered and 84% is sent to landfill. More 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. 

Clean Up Australia provides free resources and materials to communities, schools and youth groups all year round, supporting Australians everywhere clean up, fix up and conserve the environment. 

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About Clean Up Australia

Founded by Ian Kiernan, AO, Clean Up Australia is one of the country’s most recognised and trusted environmental organisations. Clean Up Australia Day is the nation's largest community-based environmental event and more than 21 million Australians have participated since its inception. 

Clean Up Australia works with community, governments and businesses to provide practical solutions to help all Australians live more sustainably every day of the year. Today the organisation’s focus is as much on preventing rubbish entering our environment as it is removing what has already accumulated.