Updated: Feb 22, 2021
HEA is an official 2021 Clean Up partner. We are encouraging home educators to hold a clean up event in their area, and to register their group/family as a HEA group. It's free, it's educational and it has real world impact!
Home educators are included in the "youth" category - regardless of the age of the participants. There are also free learning resources on the registration page - be sure to check it out.
The opening of registrations comes as COVID-19 restrictions that have significantly impacted local environments are easing. There has never been a better time to tackle the surge* in single-use disposable items, such as takeaway coffee cups, food packaging, masks and sanitised wipes; all of which have polluted our local parks, bushland, streets, waterways and beaches.
Research reveals* more than 1 in 3 (34%) Australian households self-identified as producing more packaging waste during lockdown periods compared to previous years, and more than 1 in 2 (55%) reported they are now more concerned about product packaging waste than they were in 2019.
Clean Up Australia Chairman, Pip Kiernan, says now is the time for all Australians to Step Up to Clean Up, to help protect and conserve local environments. “This year has seen disruption to our lives, not least of all to our local environments which have been impacted by increased uptake of single-use, disposable items” said Ms Kiernan.
“We know Australians everywhere are itching to get involved and now is their chance to officially register interest for the next Clean Up Australia Day. Indeed, it’s never been more important to get involved and make a real difference.
“Whether you are a first time volunteer looking for a more eco-conscious New Year’s resolution, or a more seasoned Clean Up Champion looking to get prepared early ahead of next year, now is the time for you to register your involvement.
"By planning ahead and signing up to a Clean Up event, you are making a pledge to help conserve the environment for the long-term future, and taking an important action by stepping up for your community,” added Ms Kiernan.
In response to COVID-19, additional conditions will be put in place to ensure the health and safety of Clean Up volunteers, including set limits to volunteer numbers per event and Clean Up kits will now include QR codes for registration on the day and hand sanitiser, plus bags and gloves for every volunteer.