Clean Up Days

A community Clean Up is a great way to bring your community together for a cause that boosts community pride and creates a litter-free environment.

Cairns Regional Council and Clean Up Australia support community clean-ups with litter collection kits, insurance for volunteers, rubbish collection and event promotion. To activate your Clean Up support:

  1. Register your site (for volunteer insurance) with Clean Up Australia
  2. Contact Council's Sustainability Team for local support, including extra clean-up equipment and rubbish collection.

For more information Phone 4044 3253 or contact via email

Great Northern Clean Up

The Great Northern Clean Up, Northern Australia’s version of Clean up Australia Day, is held each year in September before the wet. Cairns Regional Council supports with coordination, promotion and the collection of rubbish and Clean Up Australia provides resources such as bags and gloves. Each year, participants have the chance to win eco-tourism prizes for their efforts in keeping our patch of paradise litter free.

Clean Up Australia Day

Held in March each year, Clean Up Australia Day is when the region joins Australia's largest Clean Up.  Council supports all registered clean-up sites with extra equipment, volunteer recruitment and collection of rubbish from pre-arranged pick up points. For more information visit

Everyday clean-ups

Can't wait for one of the annual Clean Up days? You can hold a community clean-up at any time of the year. Just remember to contact Council to request rubbish collection, after you have registered your site with Clean Up Australia for insurance purposes.

Citizen Science

Citizen science is a way that the general public can contribute to the monitoring and management of our natural areas, check out:

Last updated: 17 November 2017

Like us to stay up to date UN Urban Thinkers Campus Event on this Friday. Examining Urban Health and Liveability in Tropical Australia
It seems like some people's belongings wanted to party on after them at the Cairns ECOfiesta 2018! Call 4044 3384 if this lost property is yours :)
Celebrate the reef and rainforest at the Cairns ECOfiesta 2018 with over $5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs! Simply post your pic on the day to the event page with the #ecofiesta to be in the running. Prize winners will be announced at 12:45, 1:45 and 2.45 on the Main Stage. Special thanks to our 2018 prize partners Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises Cairns Harbour Cruises Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Day Tour - Cairns Australia The Woolshed The Cotton Club Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi Mission Beach Dive Paronella Park Ocean Free Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Tours The Adventure Company Cairns BILLY TEA SAFARIS Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Behana Canyoning Ocean Safari Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns Mondo on the Waterfront Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas Salt House Cairns Canyoning Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours Thala Beach Nature Reserve
This Cairns ECOfiesta 2018, take the Plastic Free July pledge at the Cairns Regional Council stall and you could win a single-use plastic free survival set! How do you #choosetoreuse? #ecofiesta #cairns #worldenvironmentday #beatplasticpollution
Forecast for Sunday at Cairns ECOfiesta 2018: Fun with an amazing atmosphere. Strong workshops rolling in all day, and a dazzling array of kids activities. Hundreds of local eco-business and organisation stalls shining throughout the day. Significant possibility of dancing predicted. #ECOfiesta #Cairns
Catch you at the Clothes Swap, returning to the Cairns ECOfiesta 2018, June 3rd at the Cruise Liner Terminal. #beatplasticpollution #choosetoreuse #ecofiesta #cairns
A massive thank you to Cairns ECOfiesta 2018 event sponsor, JJ Richards who collect waste & recycling bins from around the Cairns region. Give them a wave next time you catch one of their trucks! #cairns #ecofiesta Cairns Regional Council
We're looking forward to MC Nannarchy's Plastic Wrap spoken word, on the Cairns ECOfiesta 2018 Main Stage from 3pm! The Cairns ECOfiesta requires all stallholders not to bring any plastic bags, cutlery, straws or cups on site, it's just one way we can start to #beatplasticpollution #ecofiesta #worldenvironmentday #cairns
🚲🚲🚲☕☕☕ This June 3rd is World Bicycle Day & the Cairns ECOfiesta 2018! So starting getting your crew into gear to ride down to the Cruise Liner Terminal this Sunday and you'll even receive a free drink voucher. Just show your helmet at the Info Tent.
Ever washed up after 10,000 meals? We will be! It’s just how much we love you & hate waste. Reusable crockery will be available with all meals at the Cairns ECOfiesta 2018 - just bring your dishes back to the Flying Saucers Dish Wash Station. Sunday, June 3rd at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal 10am-7pm. #choosetoreuse #ecofiesta #cairns #beatplasticpollution
The Cairns ECOfiesta 2018 music line-up has dropped! This June 3rd, celebrate sustainability down at the Cruise Liner Terminal with tropical treats from OKA, Koahlition Reggae Band, The Montgomery Brothers, Sunny Ray, nico, Robbie-V, Leon Tussie Drums and Joshua Wendt.
🌱❤️Join the growing social entrepreneurship network in FNQ! Hear from keynote speaker, Cheryl Kernot from the Centre for Social Impact and other local legends working across business, policy, NGOs and academia. Registration is free: (This is a plastic free event, with catering delivered by a local social enterprise - so be sure to fill your tummy and your heart!).
This Thursday, 6pm at Cairns City Library Free registration:
Ditch the rat-race and dig the earth this Saturday... it's Permaculture Day at Endeavour Foundation, Manunda.
The Queensland Government Plastic Bag Ban commences 1 July. The National Retail Association is in Cairns to support businesses with the transition this Tuesday 17th at: • Smithfield Shopping Centre: 2pm-4pm • Cairns Night Markets (Esplanade side): 9pm-10pm & Wednesday 18th: • Pier Cairns, Cheeky Yam Café: 9am-10am • Cairns CBD: 11am-4pm More information is at: Call 1800 RETAIL or email to arrange a one on one meeting.