Great Northern Clean Up

This year Council is hosting community clean ups across the city during September. These community clean-ups will help target litter hotspots.

To participate, simply select your preferred clean up from the list below. PLUS post your clean up pictures to the ECOevents Cairns Facebook for your chance to win a trip for two to the Great Barrier Reef. Terms and & Conditions Apply.

To find out more about other community-led clean ups in September or to register your own clean up, visit

Council-hosted Clean Ups

Council is here to help

Every September Cairns Regional Council supports the Great Northern Clean Up (Northern Australia’s version of Clean up Australia Day) through community promotion and the collection of rubbish bags at pre-arranged pick up points. Support provided by Council includes:

  • Planning and Environment: provides a single point of contact for community and school enquiries and
    identification of pick-up points.
  • Infrastructure Services: a collection of rubbish at pick-up points.
  • Water and Waste: free entry to waste and recycling facilities.

Note: Council will also provide clean up resources (e.g. bags and gloves) for school clean-up events held at any time of year. For more information email

Last updated: 04 September 2018