Please give us a vote . We've said it before and we're saying it again - the crew is everyone. Everyone who turns up with a big smile to our clean-ups, everyone who picks up litter, everyone who does their part to keep our local environment clean, everyone who who gets muddy and dirty because you believe in kindness and a cleaner local environment. All of you are the crew and now all of you as part of the crew has been nominated for the Westfields local hero award with an opportunity to win money for the crew to buy clean up equipment so we can come back bigger and stronger once Covid19 restrictions ease. To vote (latest the 14th of September and please share this post):
#westfieldlocalhero #beachcleanup #loveManly #northernbeachescleanupcrew #plasticfree
If we continue to dump plastic as we have done to date, the quantity floating on the surface could quadruple by the year 2050, and up to 231.6 million tonnes will have polluted the ocean as microplastics.
The picture is better if we stop releasing any plastic into the ocean from 2020. In that scenario, the volume of floating plastic would drop to 59% of its current levels. But the quantity of microplastics in the ocean would still more than double by 2050 as material already trapped in the environment degrades.
The problem will be with us for decades, the researchers write:
“Mitigating microplastic pollution in the global ocean requires two major components: (1) drastically reducing emissions of plastic pollution in the coming years and (2) actively engaging in removal operations of plastic waste from the marine environment to reduce further generation of secondary microplastics.
“Without proper handling and management of accumulated plastic waste, the legacy of the last 70 years of throw-away society will live on through the generation of ever smaller synthetic polymer fragments in soils, freshwater ecosystems and eventually the ocean.”
By: Mark Bruer
If you see illegal dumping, please report it to the council. If you're moving and got a lot of big items to get rid off, contact the council and they can organise a pick up. All households are eligible for two Bulky Goods Collections within a 12 month period.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #litter #rubbish
The most environmentally friendly container is the one you already own! Or in Amber's case, the one you can successfully repurpose from bamboo toothbrushes! We're firm believers that plastic-free shelves are just as good on the eyes and even better for the planet.
You can read - turtles can't. Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals, and more than 1 million seabirds die each year from ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris. With millions of tonnes of plastic debris entering our world's oceans on a yearly basis, it is estimated that approximately 52% of all sea turtles have eaten plastic. Please do what you can to reduce your single-use plastic footprint and dispose of it in the safest way possible.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #beachcleanup #turtle
Artist from Iran depicts saving fish amidst ocean pollution caused by single-use masks.
Disposable masks are made of plastic. Irresponsible disposal of such masks is clogging up the landfills and water bodies globally.
Unless you are a front-line healthcare worker, we strongly recommend everyone to go for reusable and washable cloth masks. Remember, reducing waste is the easiest and most impactful.
People often say to us: "Why clean up Shelly Beach, it's always clean there!" Last time we cleaned up Shelly Beach (which is closest to the aquatic reserve Cabbage Tree Bay) we picked up 594 cigarette butts, 644 food wraps, 595 bits of plastic bags, 255 glass bottles, 427 lids, 74 plastic bottles, 1 couch, 3 chairs, 1 trolley, 1 garden hose, a poster from the old Manly council (it changed to Northern Beaches Council in May 2016) and an injured seagull (fishing line). Every little thing helps - plastic breaks down to smaller pieces and can be mistaken as food by both land and ocean animals. It can entangled and injure and slowly kill animals such as the bandicoots and sea turtles living in this area. Littered cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals into the environment and can contaminate water. The toxic exposure can poison fish, as well as animals who eat cigarette butts. We would like to thank all crew members and everyone else who picks up rubbish on their way 🙏
Pesky fruit stickers 😫
Yes, if stuck to another piece of soft plastic, these pesky little stickers can be REDcycled. Please refrain, however, from sticking a whole bunch of these at once on one piece of soft plastic! They are more likely to fall off and just get stuck to the processing machinery. Plastic is everywhere.😔The best option is of course if you can support your local farmer or bulkfood store and buy fruit without stickers. 😀
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #recycle #plasticfree #stickers
We want to thank our friends from "The Bower Restaurant" in Manly. (They serve great vegan pancakes too by the way.) Their staff take their bottles and cans to the "Return and Earn" machines and donate the money to the crew so we can buy more pickers and gumboots for crew members when we do clean ups. If you want to help us out too, save this picture/barcode to your phone and scan it at the "Return and Earn" machine and click PayOut afterwards. Thank you again for our lovely community - we are very grateful! 🙏
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #loveManly #community #returnandearn
If you're a tea drinker, this one is for you. Standard square tea bags – used for teas such as Earl Grey, English breakfast and green tea – are "heat sealed", meaning that a thin film of polypropylene is applied to seal the two sides together. Their "string and tag with sachet" range also contains polypropylene and a small amount of acrylic co-polymer emulsion, a plastic-based glue that bonds the bags together.
The way tea bags are manufactured varies depending on the brand but about 70 to 80 per cent of bags are made from compostable paper while the remaining 20 to 30 per cent contains heat-resistant polypropylene. This is to prevent the bag breaking mid-dunk, but it does mean that small pieces of plastic mesh are left behind in the soil when you compost the bags.