Department of the Environment

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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Many hands make light work this Clean Up Australia Day

Media release
3 March 2012

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability, Senator Don Farrell encourages all Australians to get involved in the 22nd annual Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

“Each year I’m excited to see the large number of volunteer groups, businesses and schools that work together to clean up and restore their local environment,” Senator Farrell said.

“Australia is such a large country and without support from the communities on our beaches, in our cities and in the bush we’d never be able to make such an impact in just one day.

“Initiatives such as Clean Up Australia Day also provide us with an opportunity to reflect on how we can reduce our waste as well as improve waste management and recycling schemes.”

The Australian Government is committed to decreasing litter from packaging and together with state and territory governments is holding public consultations on options to improve resource recovery and reduce rubbish associated with a range of consumer packaging, including beverage containers.

These options are outlined in a Packaging Impacts Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement. Stakeholder groups and interested members of the community are encouraged to have their say on this important issue before the closing date of March 30, 2012.

Community information sessions have been held right across Australia, with two more sessions to be held in Adelaide, on Tuesday 6 March, and Sydney, on Wednesday 7 March.

“After the cleanup is done I hope everyone takes a moment to think about practical ways to reduce the waste we produce,” Senator Farrell said.

“I’d like to thank everyone who participates in this year’s Clean Up Australia Day. Your local actions not only improve the cleanliness of your neighbourhood but contribute to a healthier and sustainable national landscape.”

For more information on the Packaging Impacts Consultation RIS and remaining information sessions visit