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Registrations now open to register for Schools Clean Up Day 2012

Media release - 13 January 2012

“Our 2011 Rubbish Report highlights the amazing achievement of all our Clean Up Australia Day Australian schools are encouraged to do their bit for the environment and win great prizes by taking part in Schools Clean Up Day on Friday, 2 March 2012.

In 2011, over 2,400 schools took part in Schools Clean Up Day. Together with communities and businesses Australian schools helped to remove over 16,000 tonnes of rubbish right across Australia.

Clean Up Australia’s Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan AO, is keen to involve young people in caring for the environment as they are the custodians of our country in the future.

“We’re urging all principals and teachers to register their schools to teach their students about taking responsibility for the environment. Our children also have the ability to make their parents take more care of their local parks, play areas, waterways and beaches to preserve them for our children’s future,’ said Mr Kiernan.

“Taking part in Schools Clean Up Day can be a lot of fun for school communities while also providing some valuable lessons about how litter and rubbish impacts on our parks and waterways.”

Are you Australia’s Greenest Kids?
Clean Up Australia has a new video competition for schools in 2012. The Green Kids Award is proudly sponsored by the 2012 release of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax – in cinemas March 29. This award gives schools the opportunity to showcase their environmental projects for the chance
for both the school and students to win some fantastic prizes, including a multimedia package from Toshiba and family passes to see The Lorax.

If your school has started a kitchen garden, installed a compost or worm farm, commenced a recycling or energy saving initiative – in short any kind of environmental project – we will be asking you to tell us all about it by recording a short video and entering our Green Kids Award!

To enter the competition your school needs to be registered for Schools Clean Up Day 2012 .Students can enter their video online though the competition’s website www.competitions.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au, which will be launched at the end of January to coincide with the beginning of the 2012 School year.

Educational resources
Clean Up Australia also has a range of educational resources available for teachers to complement their School’s Clean Up Day event with classroom based activities. There is also a Schools Climate Kit available online for primary school students (K-6) about environmental which includes 21 lesson plans for teachers themed around Water, Energy, Climate Change, Packaging and Waste and Recycling.

WHAT: The opportunity for all schools across Australian to take part in the nation’s largest community event, get a Student Clean Up Team together and register a School Clean Up Site or green up and clean up their own school grounds.
WHEN: Schools Clean Up Day – Friday, 2 March 2012
WHO: All schools across Australia are encouraged to take part
HOW TO ORGANISE A SCHOOL’S CLEAN UP SITE: Register your School’s Clean Up Site online at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au; receive your School’s Clean Up Kit and read the Site Guide for information on how to prepare your event; tell your students, staff, parents and friends about your Clean Up Day and don’t forget to have fun on the day and let us know how it went.

Register your School Clean Up Site now at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

For further media information, interviews and photographs, please contact Tracey Wigg at Gaia Communications on 0419 141 266