Today, Friday 4 March, is Clean up Schools Day, and Sunday 6 March is Clean Up Australia Day.
Clean Up Australia Day was founded in 1990 by Ian Kiernan, who had the vision to clean up his backyard after seeing the effects of ocean pollution in his ventures as a sailor. More than 30 years later, Clean Up Australia Day aims to inspire and encourage people across Australia to clean up their communities, with a vision for a more sustainable and cleaner Australia. The initiative works with local communities, government, and businesses to look at practical ways to improve our sustainability practices for the future.
At Marrapatta, we are passionate about reducing our impact on the earth and are focused on creating a more sustainable future together. As part of our sustainability practices, we have implemented a waste management system that utilises the waste hierarchy of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink’. Whether we are on a campout or at the Centre, students are encouraged to minimise landfill by segregating their rubbish into compostable, recyclable (including soft-plastics recycling), or chicken scraps. We utilise reusable containers where possible and practice minimal impact camping techniques in an effort to leave places better than we found them.
Every small change makes a difference. What change can you make this Clean Up Australia Day? If you would like to know more or get involved in your local Clean Up Australia Day initiatives, please head to https://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/join-a-clean-up for more information on how you can help.
From the Marrapatta team