An estimated half a million Australians took part in the world's biggest organized cleanup, leaving the country with a sparkling clean new face, officials said.

The huge army of volunteers, including many whole families, reported to 460 different work control stations Sunday in cities and towns throughout the nation for the annual Clean Up Australia Day.While men, women and children worked with buckets, brooms, rakes and shovels, to clean up land areas, other volunteers in boats and diving equipment took to the waterways.