World Environment Day

This is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

Find or start an activity in your region. Activities can focus on any topic that helps the environment, including reducing marine pollution, litter awareness, recycling and more!

International Compost Awareness Week Australia

International Compost Awareness Week Australia (ICAW), is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.

We can compost to help scrap carbon pollution by avoiding landfilling organic materials and helping to build healthier soils.

Check out the website to learn more about the benefits of compost and the Compost Awareness Week activities.

Clean Up Australia Day 2022

Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. Today the focus for Clean Up Australia is as much on preventing rubbish entering our environment as it is removing what has already accumulated, with issues based campaigns making every day a Clean Up Day.

Get your friends, family and local community group together to make an impact that improves your environment. You can register your own clean up event or visit the Clean Up Australia Day website to find and join an event near you:


National Garage Sale Trail

Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff, online and on the streets (where COVID restrictions allow) in November 2021.

Visit the Garage Sale Trail website for tutorials on the best way to host successful sales, to register your virtual or real sale, and to find sales near you.

Choose to re-use!

National Recycling Week

In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling.  Now in its 25th year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:

  • Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
  • Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

The importance of closing the recycling loop by buying products made with recycled content is also key to creating a sustainable future.  By keeping these materials in circulation for as long as possible, this benefits the environment by reducing the extraction of virgin materials for new products, as well as the water and energy it takes to make them.

International Repair Day

International Repair Day is a joint initiative of the Open Repair Alliance, celebrated every year on the third Saturday of October.

This event celebrates the efforts of repair communities, individuals and businesses who are making repair possible and who are advocating for the consumer’s ‘right to repair’ for all types of goods including electronic equipment.

Repairing goods is an essential part of a circular economy.  It helps keep valuable resources in use and reduces the volume of waste sent for recycling or landfill.


Cradle Coast Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events

North West Tasmanian households can safely clean out old laundry, hobby, home and garden chemicals and bring them for safe disposal at a series of Waste Transfer Station events this Spring and Summer.
The Cradle Coast Waste Management Group (CCWMG) has organised 12 drop-off events as a free service for residents. Residents from anywhere within the seven council areas of Waratah-Wynyard, Circular Head, Burnie, Central Coast, Devonport, Latrobe and Kentish are welcome to attend any of the events.

>>> Find the dates, times and locations for each council area here. <<<

Clean Up The World Weekend

Clean Up the World was established in 1993 and is one of the largest community-based environmental programs in the world.

Held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), this event mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 130 countries annually.  Their vision is to inspire a billion people across all continents to tread lightly, clean up and conserve the planet.

You can register a clean-up site year-round.   Register any positive action you can take:
Small, local clean ups; planting trees; reducing, re-using or recycling waste; or educating others.

Every small action makes a world of difference.

Find out how to get involved and register a Clean Up the World activity on the Clean Up the World website.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is held in late August each year to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action.

Join us! Together, we all have the power to #KeepAustraliaBeautiful

Plastic Free July 2021

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July in 2021 by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Take the challenge at or make the change in whatever way you can.

Bring your own reusable shopping bags…. Refill your drink bottle…. Buy and store food in reusable containers….Bring a reusable coffee cup or dine in…… And say ‘no thanks’ to plastic straws.

Because when we each do a little, together we can achieve a lot!

Make a change and you’ll be joining millions of people from around the world taking a positive step to reduce single-use plastics.

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recycling in order to decrease the amount of waste that ends up as landfill.
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