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6 February 2023

Let’s unite to clean up the Tweed!

Get involved in your neighbourhood this Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia - Pottsville 2023

Some of our youngest residents take part in Clean Up Australia Day across the Tweed. This trio helped clean up around Pottsville in 2023. 

Clean Up Australia - logo

Residents, schools and community groups are encouraged to sign up for Clean Up Australia Day this year and do their bit to help clean up the Tweed!

Clean Up Australia Day will take place on Sunday 3 March and registrations for this year’s clean up events are now open.

People can get involved on the day by organising their own clean up or by joining an existing event. On the day, all volunteers receive a free clean up kit, containing gloves, bags and other resources, with packs for individuals, families and community groups available.

Council’s Education Officer – Resource Recovery Yvette van Amstel said she was always amazed at how big the day was in the Tweed and just how many people registered for local events.

“We know our residents love the beauty of the Tweed and that is evident by just how many people turn up each year to help clean up our waterways, beaches and bushland on Clean Up Australia Day each year,” Ms van Amstel said.

“Now more than ever, we need to work together to reduce waste in all forms but especially litter that can have a detrimental effect on our natural environment. The Tweed always shows up on Clean Up Australia Day – let’s make this year our biggest yet!”

Ms van Amstel particularly acknowledged the contribution of Council’s partner, Solo Resource Recovery, who donate their time, trucks and bins to assist with waste collection on the day.

“We are so grateful for the support of our partners Solo Resource Recovery whose contribution goes a long way to helping to make the event such a success every year. We thank them again for their involvement this year,” she said.

In 2023, some 50 registered clean-ups took place across the Tweed. Hundreds of people across schools, community groups and businesses pulled on their gloves to clean up our beaches, parks and waterways.

Single-use plastics, straws and food packaging are the most commonly reported waste items found, along with cigarette butts which are mostly found along the coastline.

Council supports Clean Up Australia Day by offering to collect the waste from every registered clean-up site, ensuring all waste collected is processed correctly and removed from the environment.

To register your own clean up event, visit Clean Up Australia Day’s website at cleanup.org.au.

For more information about the responsible disposal of waste in the Tweed, visit Waste and Recycling. To find out what goes in which bin, visit Council’s Waste Wizard.

About Clean Up Australia

Founded by Ian Kiernan AO in 1990, Clean Up Australia is one of the country’s most recognised and trusted environmental organisations, inspiring and empowering communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. 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 - Volunteers

Registrations are now open for this year’s Clean Up Australia Day event which falls on Sunday 3 March. Last year some 50 clean up events took place across the Tweed.

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Photo 1: Clean Up Australia - Pottsville 2023
Caption: Some of our youngest residents take part in Clean Up Australia Day across the Tweed. This trio helped clean up around Pottsville in 2023. 

Photo 2: Clean Up Australia - logo
Caption: Step up to unite - Clean Up Australia Day 2024.

Photo 3: Clean Up Australia - volunteers
Caption: Registrations are now open for this year’s Clean Up Australia Day event which falls on Sunday 3 March. Last year some 50 clean up events took place across the Tweed.

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Tweed Shire Council wishes to acknowledge the Ngandowal and Minyungbal speaking people of the Bundjalung Country, in particular the Goodjinburra, Tul-gi-gin and Moorung – Moobah clans, as being the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters within the Tweed Shire boundaries. Council also acknowledges and respects the Tweed Aboriginal community’s right to speak for its Country and to care for its traditional Country in accordance with its lore, customs and traditions.
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