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March 3rd is Clean Up Australia Day so let's all do what we can to help clean up our beautiful country. Some ideas include cleaning our homes, picking up rubbish from our beaches and Plogging, a new way to combine rubbish pick up and jogging.
More About Clean Up Australia Day
Clean Up Australia Day is an event every year where we really focus on cleaning up our local community whether that be beaches, bush or our local streets and neighbourhood. It was started in 1990 after a sailor, Ian, decided there was simply too much waste in the seas and we needed to do something about it. Since 1990 this annual event has happened every year. Over 344 thousand tonnes of rubbish has been collected!
Business Clean Up Australia Day is Tuesday February 26th
Schools Clean Up Australia Day is Friday Marc h 1st
Clean Up Australia Day is Sunday 3rd March
There are many things we can do on Clean Up Australia Day, and every other day, to help minimise waste and clean up our beautiful planet. Here are a few of our ideas....
For Your Office/ Business
1. Clean Up Your Office - take some time out to clean up your office, clean your desks and all the communal areas. Give the place a Spring clean with natural cleaning products of course!
2. Manage your Waste? Do you have seperate bins for recycling, composting and waste for landfill? At F&F we have different bins for all the different types of waste so we can manage it seperately. It's not enough to have them in a communal area; have different bins under people's desks. Also consider TerraCycle boxes for recycling snack wrappers, pens and lots more.
3. Go Digital! Instead of printing off documents go digital. Share documents over dropbox or google drive and use contract tools like Docusign.
4. Clean Up your Local Area - grab a group and walk the streets armed with gloves and bags to pick up litter and clean your local area.
5. Make a Plan - Make a time to do a clean up once a month so this isn't once a year.
For Your Home
1. Plogging is a way to pick up rubbish quickly. When you’re out running take a backpack or bag (one of Onya’s backpacks is perfect, as it's so lightweight, or a running backpack). When you see some rubbish pick it up then make sure it gets recycled or disposed of properly. It has become very popular in Sweden so let’s get this movement started in Australia.
2. Walk The Street/ Beach - Jogging isn't for everyone so go on a bushwalk or beach walk with friends and family and pick up some rubbish. Organise clean ups with friends to look after your local community.
3. Do A Wardrobe Clear Out - donate your clothes to people that might need them. Make sure they don’t go in landfill, they can definitely be used again. We have heard quite a few teenagers are now having recycling 'parties' where they will go to one person's house with their unwanted clothes and do swaps. A whole new wardrobe with no landfill.
4. Clean Up Your Home and Garage - Many of us have items hanging around when we probably don’t need them so let’s have a tidy up and dispose of what we don’t need properly. Recycle, reuse or compost what wyou can.
5. Reduce - The most beneficial thing we can do is preventfurther waste so let’s have a think about what we can reduce in our everyday lives. Key items we need to reduce include disposable straws, disposable coffee cups, plastic single use water bottles and single use plastic bags. We’d like to see everyone commit to not using those today. There are so many options available including reusable straws, reusable shopping bags and produce bags, KeepCups and reusable coffee cups and water bottles. You can look at other things you can reduce in our article.
So what will you commit to this Clean Up Australia Day?