The GNCU is aimed at providing an opportunity for the communities within the northern parts of Australia to participate in the Clean Up Australia experience at a time more suitable to the tropical climate. This event does not replace the national Clean Up Australia Day event held in March, it merely provides the community with another opportunity to get involved if they wish.
Since its inception in 2009, the event has gone from strength to strength. In 2012 over 4,500 and volunteers participated and removed an amazing 290 tonnes of rubbish.
In 2013, residents and visitors north of the Tropic of Capricorn registered a record 268 sites between March and September. Across Australia around 11,120 volunteers have removed around 589.6 tonnes of rubbish which would have ended up rivers, creeks and oceans during the wet season.
Over the weekend of 20-22 September an additional 105 Clean Up sites were registered by communities, businesses and schools in celebration of the Great Northern Clean Up. An estimated 3,166 volunteers removed around another 222.2 tonnes of rubbish.