A clean up crew at Minnie Water on a previous Clean Up Australia Day.
A clean up crew at Minnie Water on a previous Clean Up Australia Day.

Clean up Australia this Sunday

CLEAN Up Australia Day will be held on Sunday, March 5. And if you're keen to help out, from Bom Bom to Minnie Water, grab a pair of clubs and help out in the Clarence Valley.

If you can't make it out this Sunday, you can still do your part by reducing your household waste with these handy tips by organisation experts Julie Tylman and Ali Linz.

Tips to avoid excess waste at home:

  • Buy in bulk: reduce packaging waste and save money
  • No more plastic bags: use reusable bags, keep them in your car and stash a foldaway tote in your purse.
  • Cut down on using paper towels: replace with microfibre cloths, old t-shirts, or towels. Stash a small bin under your sink to toss used, dirty cloths in to make it easier to transport to the laundry.
  • Reusable water bottles: refill instead of buying new.
  • If you're a foodie: google the many different ways to reuse: onion skins, broccoli and herb stems, fruit starting to over-ripen and more. Otherwise start buying less and topping up as needed.

Mindful gifting tips:

  • Cut gift wrap use by 95% - Give a group gift wanted instead of 20 knick-knacks with all their packaging and wrapping.
  • Collect for a group gift online to avoid wasting time and energy chasing people for money. Less packaging, less petrol and less unwanted, cheaper gifts filling our landfills.
  • Use e-cards and e-vouchers that can be printed out and recycled or emailed.
  • Wrap with chic fabric, recycled fun paper, old atlas paper, comic pages or your kids artwork. Get creative.
  • Szasz up recycled paper with a re-used ribbon or kitchen string.


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