Clean up day on the way

Miranda Laird from Friends of Cowies Creek, Jordan Cammaroto from Corio Waste Management, Greater Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan with Pedro Cascão and Lauren Andrews from Geelong Port at Seagull Paddock North Geelong. (supplied)

Schools, volunteer organisations and community groups have registered to clean up across Greater Geelong on Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday March 3.

Clean Up Australia Day, which originated in 1990, encourages Australians to get out in their community and collect litter to protect our environment and keep Australia clean.

Councillor Peter Murrihy, chair of the Environment and Circular Economy portfolio, thanked those that had already registered to participate in Clean Up Australia Day and encouraged everyone to get involved.

“By joining forces with friends, family, neighbours, and local community groups, we can make a meaningful environmental impact in our region,” he said.

“It’s also a great opportunity to visit your local Container Deposit Scheme collection point to receive a refund for eligible containers.”

Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) commenced on November 1 last year, marking a significant step towards a cleaner and more sustainable future for the state.

The Victorian CDS is jointly operated by VicReturn and TOMRA Cleanaway, which are the CDS operators for Greater Geelong.

GeelongPort, in partnership with Corio Waste Management and the Friends of Cowies Creek held their annual Clean Up Australia Day activity at Seagull Paddock in North Geelong on Tuesday February 27, which was Business Clean Up Day.

“We are steadfast in ensuring the health of the beautiful Corio Bay and the environment in and around GeelongPort, and we do everything in our power to maintain this in our day-to-day operations,” GeelongPort chief executive Brett Winter said.

To register a clean-up activity or for more information about Clean Up Australia Day, visit