If you cannot get to "Return and Earn" and your garage is starting to get too full, you can use the free service https://re-collect.com.au/ You just register online with them and they'll come and pick up all your cans and bottles for free. If you'd like to donate the money to Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew as as your charity of your choice when you sign up. If you use the code LOCKDOWN all 10 cents will be donated to us. Once the code expires, we receive 5 cents per container. Do a good deed and get those containers recycled.
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South Australians, would you like to see laws change to protect businesses that allow the use of reusable containers?
It's worked well for coffee cups. Cafés often encourage customers to bring in their own takeaway cup to cut down on waste.
The Greens want to expand the initiative, so people can use their own container at a butcher or their local takeaway restaurant.
But businesses are worried about liability, and COVID-19 has made everything a little more complicated.
Greens MLC Robert Simms told ABC Radio Adelaide’s Spence Denny it would give businesses more confidence to allow customers to bring takeaway containers to take leftovers home.
“At the moment, businesses can allow people to bring in a takeaway container if they want to, but the problem is a lot of businesses don’t want to do it as they are liable if something goes wrong.”
“For instance, if I bring my Tupperware in to your restaurant and I haven’t properly cleaned it or store the food properly at home and get sick, the business is liable.”
“It’s a simpler reform to amend the act making it very clear that it is the consumer that is responsible in that act rather than the business. And as a consequence, I think a lot of businesses would get on board with this and allow their customers to help reduce the waste.”
Via: ABC, Adelaide
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Turn an old dollhouse into a jungle house! Thanks for sharing this creative idea with us Kate Pendergast!
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Such a simple way to reduce overconsumption of plastic beach toys while making beach trips easier for families. Great idea to implement after covid19.
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Every little step counts. For those of us that live close to a plastic free shop like Manly Co-Op, Naked Foods, Scoop or The Source Bulk food, you can always check there first if they sell washing powder and you can bring your own reusable containers. However, imagine how many plastic scoops that would be saved if ALL washing powder companies made this switch. Besides that, most of us surely have a spoon at home if we need one for washing powder.
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Yes, the circular transformation is happening! An old vinyl floor can now be turned into a new one!
Recycling one square metre of vinyl floor instead of burning it, reduces emissions by roughly 10 kilos of carbon dioxide.
Tarkett, a flooring manufacturer with roots in Sweden and France, is one of many companies recognising the advantage – for both the climate and the economy – of recycling and reusing.
– Recycling is crucial to reaching the climate targets. But it's complex, says Tarkett's Nordic Sustainability Manager Dag Duberg. To claim that a product is fully recyclable means that both a collection system and recycling technique have to be in place.
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What can we do with clothes we no longer want?
Give them to charity if they're in good condition is our number one suggestion. Other options are to give them to the closest H&M store (there's one at Warringah mall). They shred them and make new clothes from them. You also get a voucher to use in the H&M shop when you donate your old clothes.
Or donate them to Clothing Appeal - they offer a free contactless pick up service for all your unwanted items. Clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories (belts, hats, scarves etc). https://www.facebook.com/ClothingAppeal/
They are a commercially operated recycling business. They are not a charity but provide a free service to the community for their unwanted items to get a second life.The clothes go to Fiji, Indonesia, Phillipines and India to be reworn by others.
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Don't put your fruit and vegetables in plastic bags. Just leave them loose or upcycle an old t-shirt and make your own reusable produce bags. If you can, opt for items that are package-free. Or, choose items packaged in cardboard or tin instead of soft plastic.
Think about plastic items you frequently buy and whether there is a way to avoid these. If you’re a fan of carbonated water, instead of purchasing it in single-use plastic bottles, consider getting a carbonator. It’s an investment but it will save you money in the long run.
Inspect your bathroom:
No part of a plastic toothbrush is biodegradable, so try a bamboo toothbrush instead. The cotton bud is another big single-use plastic culprit in the bathroom. Again, the bamboo version is your friend.
Shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, handwash, toner, moisturiser... The list of plastic-packaged products goes on. But there are alternatives. Many of these products come in solid bars with minimal to no packaging. Instead of bodywash or handwash, use a bar of soap. Coconut oil can act as conditioner, moisturiser and makeup remover.
While you’re at it, switch to a recycled toilet paper that isn't packaged in plastic. Some brands deliver in bulk.
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This year's Olympic Medals are made from e-waste that the Japanese residents were encouraged to donate.
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Coles will stop giving away plastic collectable toys such as the popular Little Shop collection at its checkouts amid concerns the items have ended up in landfill and waterways. The decision follows a survey of 9000 Coles customers that found reducing waste and plastic packaging was a key concern among shoppers.
Coles said it would continue to explore other reward programs, citing its popular MasterChef cookware campaign and the Little Treehouse book series made from environmentally sustainable paper.
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Who needs plastic when you can get your delish takeout wrapped in a corn husk?! San Miguel de Allende's ban on single-use plastics and styrofoam took effect on January 1st, but that wasn't about to stop street vendors from serving up meals. Instead of tossing corn husks, the excess leaves are given new life as plates which can be composted after use and are completely biodegradable. These simple switches make excellent alternatives
Do you have long hair and need to tie it up when you do ocean activities?
Please make sure you tie it up tightly or even better use a swimming cap. If your hair tie comes out, it can kill wildlife. This is the third "Blind Shark" we have seen dead in a short time on our beaches - suffocated to death because a hair tie got wrapped around its gills. We can do better than this.
Pic: Bold & Beautiful Swimmers
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It is now illegal to release balloons in Victoria
Read all about severe penalties here https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/balloons
Huge congrats to Karen at No Balloon Release Australia who tirelessly campaigned for years on this, a massive win and great collaboration with Zoos Victoria.
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What is the difference between degradable, biodegradable and
compostable bags? And which bin do they go in?
Degradable bags are made from plastic with other chemicals added (including heavy metals) that cause the plastic to break down and disintegrate over time when exposed to sunlight and heat. If degradable bags are released into our environment they become quite problematic as they break down into hundreds of tiny pieces of plastic. Animals can consume the smaller pieces of plastic more readily than they would if the bags were still whole. It is also much more difficult to remove hundreds of tiny pieces of plastic from the environment than it is to remove a single bag.
Which Bin? Degradable bags should only be used for and placed into your general waste bin.
Like degradable bags, biodegradable are often still plastic bags that have microorganisms added to break down the plastic.
Which bin? Biodegradable bags should only be used for and placed into your general waste bin
Compostable bags are made of natural plant starch, and do not produce any toxic material. Compostable bags break down readily in a composting system through microbial activity to form compost. In order to be classified as compostable they must meet the Australian Standard for compostability AS4736 and will have this symbol.
Which bin? Compostable bags can be used to line your kitchen caddy for collection of food scraps and then placed into the green lidded food and garden organics (FOGO) bin. Don’t waste them in your general waste bin as they will not compost well in a landfill environment.
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A reminder that it is safe to bring your own cup! Check out this six step method for safe, contactless coffee - enabling reusable coffee cups to return to the take out menu!
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Did you know that H&M recycles old clothes. The clothes don't even have to be bought at H&M and when you take them to their shop, you also get a 15% discount voucher to use within the shop. The closest H&M is at Warringah Mall.
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Every little step counts.
Merimbula McDonald’s has committed to divert its food waste from landfill through Bega Valley Shire Council’s FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) for Business scheme.
The Merimbula franchise is the first McDonald’s restaurant in NSW to adopt the FOGO scheme, adding to a growing number of local businesses pushing for better food waste management.
Council’s FOGO for Business Project Officer, Rechelle Fisher said the quick service restaurant’s decision shows a commitment to explore the commercial and environmental benefits of diverting food waste to Council’s composting facility.
“This is an established local business showing that responsible food waste management can be a commercially made decision with great social and environmental outcomes,” Ms Fisher said.
“It’s the bottom line that often dictates choosing one path over another, and Merimbula Macca’s plus a growing number of other local businesses now realise that saving on costs and making positive environmental changes go hand-in-hand.
“Another positive is the collaboration between Council staff and Merimbula McDonald’s management in overcoming challenges that may have otherwise resulted in FOGO not working for their business. “Initially, the restaurant jumped on board in 2019 as an early adopter of commercial FOGO in the Bega Valley. Their first go at this wasn’t so successful due to implementing different disposal methods with staff. “The Restaurant Manager flagged these issues with the FOGO team, and we were able to work with them to overcome any challenges.”
Restaurant Manager, Ryan Fraser said the restaurant reintroduced the FOGO bins late last year and the service is now running smoothly.
“Thanks to help from Council’s FOGO team we are now keeping food waste out of landfill and saving money on our disposal costs. It’s a win for everyone.
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Are you a jerk?
Remarkably, there was no sign of dog poo along the pathway between the Pavilion Cafe & Bar and the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club yesterday.
Could this sign be working???
It looks to us like some vigilante got sick of seeing all the dog poop and dog poop bags along this path and created their own sign. What a legend!
In a river in the Danish city of Århus, a small machine called the WasteShark now autonomously sails through the water collecting trash, bringing it to shore, and then recharging itself. Soon, a drone will begin flying through the air to help: Using a special lens that collects data to be crunched by a machine learning algorithm, that drone can identify pieces of plastic or other garbage and direct the sailing drone to pick them up. The system can also identify oil spills, which the WasteShark can help clean up with a special filter.
While the small trash-eating drone isn’t new, the addition of the flying drone makes it possible to find more garbage more quickly. The sailing drone also hasn’t been used to clean up oil spills in the past, because without the drone overhead scanning the water, it wouldn’t be able to identify the oil.
This type of work isn’t a complete solution to our waste problem; stopping the flow of plastic waste into the ocean will require rethinking how products are packaged and sold and building better recycling infrastructure. But these types of tools can help governments better understand the scale of the challenge. And systems that catch trash in rivers, as the project in Denmark does, can be a final safeguard to stop plastic and other pollution before it drifts into the ocean, breaks down into tiny fragments, and ends up being eaten by fish or birds.
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We've now had 5 out of 8 states and territories commit to ban single-use plastics, and the differences are big. In addition to the plastics listed here, Western Australia will also be moving to ban helium balloon releases, microbeads and polystyrene packaging in the coming years.
PLUS the Australian Government has committed to phase out loose fill and moulded polystyrene packaging by July 2022, as well as expanded polystyrene foodware, oxo-degradable plastics, and PVC packaging labels by December 2022. One thing is clear - we have a long way to go! We still need several states and territories to get on board, and we need all jurisdictions to increase their ambition and phase out more of the lethal plastics hurting our ocean wildlife.
For a more detailed version, visit www.marineconservation.org.au/plasticstracker
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