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:

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A great day out at Sustainable House Day yesterday. People had a chance to see community gardens, student accommodation, communal eco-living and sustainable homes to learn more about sustainable housing. Thanks to Dixon Homes Cairns, Kuranda eCohousing, MiHaven Student Living, James Cook University, Matt Greenwood Constructions, Balay Vandyke Designs, JCU Community of Gardeners, UniLodge John Grey Hall, Petersen St Power Station and Stratford Community Gardens for opening your properties for the day.
Saturday's Great Northern Cleanup site at Caravonica was a great success. Thanks to the community for helping clean-up the area north of the Barron River and Caravonica Waters and Zozo Cafe for hosting the site and offering $2 coffees to volunteers.
Interested in learning more about permaculture, growing your own food, composting or community gardens? Visit Stratford Community Garden for Sustainable House Day Cairns on Sunday 16 September 10am-4pm.
Don't forget Sustainable House Day Cairns next weekend. Check out the MiHaven Student Living Project and talk to the builders MiHaven about communal living with shared facilities, energy efficiency features and a bikeshare facility. Open Sunday 16 September 10am-2pm.
Check out this Gordonvale property opening for Sustainable House Day Cairns on 16th September and talk to the Designers Balay Vandyke Designs for some ideas on how you can design a sustainable home. Visit to see the full list of properties.
Great to see Peace Lutheran College promoting Saturday's Kamerunga Great Northern Cleanup site from 7-11am. Why not join this site or another clean-up this weekend? For a list of sites see
Interested in visiting JCUs new student accommodation? Find out how students can live more sustainably as part of the university community Sustainable House Day Cairns open from 10am-12pm on 16th September. Visit for this and more houses.
We have some great properties registered for Sustainable House Day Cairns this year. Check out this property at Visit this house to find out about battery solar for your home. More sustainable homes to come.
Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers that attended today’s Great Northern Clean Up events held at Mooroobool and Smithfield. All three events that were held this weekend have been a huge victory, successfully cleaning up or beautiful neighbourhoods, saving litter from entering our waterways and putting a stop to litter endangering our local wildlife. We are hosting another THIRTEEN Clean Up events throughout the duration of September! Please head to the events tab for more information. We look forward to seeing you there 🌏
🎬🎞️📽️ Re-think Waste Short Film Comp!🎬🎞️📽️ Cairns Regional Council is calling all Cairns primary and secondary student film makers to showcase new ways to reduce waste, entries close 20 September. Find out more:
Congratulations to Tammy Berry who has won the Plastic Free July Photo Comp with a massive 254 votes! Tammy took out the top prize with her photograph of her dad who uses his Stockman's Quart-Pot in place of disposable cups. Thanks to everyone for entering! You can continue your waste reduction journey with more tips & tricks on their website: A massive thanks to Thala Beach Nature Reserve & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas for providing this year's prize.
Do you know of a public spot that deserves a good clean up? 🚮We'd like to identify the best spots to tackle when we undertake the Great Northern Clean Up. 🚮Let us know your suggestions! Read more about the Great Northern Clean Up on their website:, or ours:
Plastic Free July Photo Compitition Show us how you #choosetoreuse in Plastic Free July and you could win a stay at Thala Beach nature Reserve & Breakfast with the Birds at Nature Habitat. Make sure you re-share, the post with the most votes wins!
Plastic Free July​: Week 3 ☕☕☕ Do you have a takeaway coffee each day? That's 365 times this year you could #choosetoreuse! Simply dine in or B.Y.O cup - your local café may even offer a discount! Show us how you're turning the tide on the 1 billion single-use coffee cups used each year in Australia and you could even win a stay Thala Beach Nature Reserve​. Enter at:
Plastic Free July: Week 3 ☕☕☕ Do you have a takeaway coffee each day? That's 365 times this year you could #choosetoreuse! Simply dine in or B.Y.O cup - your local café may even offer a discount! Show us how you're turning the tide on the 1 billion single-use coffee cups used each year in Australia and you could even win a stay Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Enter at:
Plastic Free July: Week 2 Next time you order, make sure to hold the straw. You could even ask your local cafe to join the The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef and make the switch, with alternatives available only on request. In the words of the Straw No More Project, straws really, do suck.