Illawarra volunteers have been invited to don their rubber gloves and sensible shoes on Sunday, March 2, for Clean Up Australia Day events across the region.
To provide extra incentive, Shellharbour City Council will offer prizes to lucky participants.
Helpers on the day will be invited to enter the Clean Up Treasure Hunt at Reddall Reserve from 11.30am.
The entrants drawn will be given one minute to dig on the beach for more than $1000 in prizes.
Shellharbour Deputy Mayor Paul Rankin said the event would be an entertaining end to activities.
"Clean Up Australia Day is a great way to keep our city looking beautiful, while having a fun day out with family and friends."
Hundreds of people are expected to register at the reserves and foreshore sites throughout Shellharbour.
Registration will open at 9am and the clean-up will run until 11am.
Other Illawarra clean-up sites include Berkeley Public School, the Austinmer Boat Ramp, City Beach Wollongong, Corrimal Beach, Figtree Park and William Beach Park.
Go to cleanup.org.au for more information.