The first clean up event organized in response to the pollution and rubbish that founder Ian Kiernan encountered as he sailed through the oceans of the world in 1987 as part of the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world yacht race. Clean Up Sydney Harbour was founded.
Sydneysiders donated their time and energy to clean up the harbour as part of the event making it an enormous success.
Clean Up Australia Day was born. Ian and his committee believed that if a capital city could be mobilised into action, then so could the whole nation.
volunteers and more turned out on the first Clean Up Australia Day and that involvement has steadily increased ever since.
Number of hours Australians have devoted more towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day over the past 25 years and collected over 288,000 tonnes of rubbish.
Clean Up Australia Day goes global after gaining the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Clean Up the World was launched.
people in 80 countries participated in its inaugural year.
The estimated number of people from over 120 countries that take part in the Clean Up the World event annually.
major environmental initiatives and events that Clean Up Australis is now involved in. These include: Clean Up Australia Day, Clean Up Mobile Phones, Clean Up Our Climate, Say NO to Plastic Bags, Clean Up the World, Container Deposit Scheme, Bottle Water.