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.
There are three types of Clean Ups held in the region:
Great Northern Clean Up
Held every September, the Great Northern Clean Up is timed just before the wet season to reduce the risk of litter entering our marine environment. Council coordinates sites across Cairns, and schools, business and community groups can register their own site or join an existing one. Visit our Great Northern Clean Up web page to find out how to join a crew near you!
Clean Up Australia Day
This national event is held in March across Australia. Visit the Clean Up Australia Day website for details and sites.
Everyday Clean Ups
Can't wait for one of the annual Clean Ups? You can hold a community Clean Up any time of year, just register your site with Clean Up Australia and contact Council to request rubbish collection 2 weeks ahead of the event.
Cairns Regional Council and Clean Up Australia support community Clean Ups. Simply:
Advocacy and Education
Collecting data on what you pick up at a Clean Up can contribute to research and education for improved litter management - find out how from the Tangaroa Blue Australian Marine Debris Database.
To learn about the impacts of litter on our marine environment, head to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park website.