Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day's 30th anniversary success in 2020

Five council hosted sites plus six community groups submitted their citizen science data from this years Clean Up Australia Day registered sites to total 1598.2 kg (or 1.60 tonne) of waste collected. Click here to watch the event!


Of that total, five sites audited a representative sample (29 kg’s in total) into categories and the number of items in each were collated to create these pie charts.  

 Composition-of-waste-piechart 2020 data


The audit results show that the most items collected were of paper/cardboard, followed by soft plastics and moulded plastics. These 3 categories are lost resources to our local circular economy – clean paper/cardboard and moulded plastics (with recycling symbol), could have been recycled in our yellow-lid wheelie bins. Also soft plastics are now recyclable but only through the REDcycle bin at any Coles or Woolworths stores for free. Of the moulded plastics, 130 items were plastic bottle lids – small plastic lids are recyclable if collected inside a clear recyclable bottle and then placed in your yellow-lid wheelie bin.

There was also a surprising amount of aluminium cans, glass and plastic bottles still being littered, that would have been eligible for the 10c refund.


The following pie chart groups all the categories as either recyclable or general waste.  

Composition-recycle-vs-general-waste 2020 data


Not only is littering and illegal dumping a detriment to our environment, it is a loss of valuable resources to our recycling industry and a loss of potential income to a household.


Thank you to the 17 community groups that participated by either joining a hosted site or coordinating their own activity – you have made a difference to our region.


On a national scale, 15.5 thousand tonne of rubbish was collected by 635,000 people across parks, beaches, bushland, streets and waterways right across Australia. The data collected from citizen science waste audits at these sites will be collated into national and state reports to gauge Australia’s littering and illegal dumping issue.

You can continue to be a part in helping clean up Australia by remembering your reusable coffee cup, refusing excess packaging and cashing in your empty bottles and cans.


Rockhampton Regional Waste & Recycling’s annual Clean Up Australia Day data for comparison

Total weight of waste collected by registered sites that used Council's vouchers for CUAD waste disposal:

2020: 1.60 tonne

2019: 1.29 tonne

2018: 0.54 tonne

2017: 1.09 tonne


Registered sites that submitted their CUAD waste collection for inclusion in our audit data:

2020: 11 registered sites

2019: 10 registered sites

2018: 5 registered sites

2017: 15 registered sites