Plastic - everyday killer and destroyer of wildlife. This turtle was not lucky enough to get help in time. Plastic is everywhere. Did you know that "No-one in their daily life within a period of 10 minutes isn't touching something that is made of plastic"?
The rate at which plastic breaks down depends upon the conditions and the type of plastic. It breaks down faster if exposed to physical abrasion and sunlight. Then there's a lot to do with how thick the plastic is, how dense the plastic is, and does it have UV stabilisers. But even if that bag breaks down over the course of six months or a year, it might well have had a lot of environmental impact before that. It is really hard to quantify just how much plastic is in the ocean, but the latest figures estimate there are up to 51 trillion particles or 236,000 tonnes.
That says around 40 times the plastic that's in the ocean is going in every year. So there's a whole bunch that has to be going somewhere else. There are two types of plastics that float: polyethelene, which is used to make milk jugs and plastic bags, and polypropolene, which is used for things like bottle caps, straws and dairy containers. As they travel out to sea plastics get ground down into small, hard cubes, which can be eaten by marine animals.
Animals get wrapped up in monofilament fishing line nets, plastic bags, balloons, and straps. A research has estimated that between 5,000 and 15,000 sea turtles are entangled each year by derelict fishing gear washing ashore in northern Australia alone.Anything that is long or flexible or sheet-like is the worst.
The second biggest issue is the impact of eating plastic — it is estimated around 90 per cent of seabirds are doing so. These plastics can cause blockages of the gut or perforation of the intestines.
What plastic habits can you change today?
1. Buy vegetables not wrapped in plastic bags or in plastic containers?
2. Bring your own fabric or cloth bag when you do shopping?
3. Say no to plastic straws?
4. Sit down in the coffee shop instead of getting a takeaway coffee?
5. Refuse balloons?
6. Say no to soyfish sauce containers?
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #plastic #plasticfree #beachcleanup
Did you know that by throwing your used batteries into your kerbside bins these not only contaminate our environment but can also cause rubbish truck & tip fires? Did you know that the insides of batteries are a valuable resource that are infinite and can be recycled?
A national recycling scheme ‘B-cycle’ is now in action to make it easier for Australians to dispose of their old batteries in a safe way with the introduction of recycling bins at your local Woolworths, Coles, Bunnings, Officeworks and ALDI stores!
B-cycle estimates that Australians buy enough batteries every year to circle our planet 2.3 times This is an enormous amount of batteries in Australia going to waste
So start collecting your used batteries in a seperate container at home, work, school and drop off to your local battery recycling bin. By making a little extra effort to recycle batteries the right way you are doing your bit for our planet
For more information including drop off locations visit the B cycle website here
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #recycle #batteryrecycling #thereisnoplanetb #recycling #batteries #nbcuc
Small hallway floor made interesting. Wood from pallets planed twice, nailed in place, sanded, stained, sanded, stained again. Floor by Selga Apse.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #repurpose #floor #pallet #upcycle
This truly breaks our hearts. Queenscliff Surf Life Saving club that is located meters from the beach and in close proximity to the aquatic reserve "Cabbage Tree Bay", celebrated the "State Nipper Team dinner" with lots of balloons.
Neighbouring, Manly Life Saving Club has a strict NO BALLOON POLICY. As stated on their website: "Due to MLSC’s close proximity to a sensitive marine environment, The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, the Club has in place a no balloon policy. Manly LSC may refuse the return of bond/cleaning fees if parties are found to be using balloons within their function."
Can we get Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club to implement the same policy? Actually can we get all Surf Lifesaving clubs in our council area to lead the way to a "no balloon policy"? If you would like to see our local surf lifesaving clubs to lead the way, please sign our petition here: https://www.change.org/BalloonPolicySLS
Balloons are in the top three most harmful waste items to wildlife. Birds and turtles not only ingest balloons, they actively select them as food. This is because a burst balloon often resembles a jellyfish, the natural food sources of many marine species like turtles.
Ingesting balloons, and the clips and strings attached to them, can cause intestinal blockages and results in a slow painful death through starvation. Marine animals don’t have the gastrointestinal pH levels to breakdown a balloon and for turtles, it may also cause floating syndrome. Trapped gases in the gut can cause a turtle to become buoyant, unable to dive for food—making them vulnerable to boat strikes and leading to starvation and severe dehydration.
Wildlife, both terrestrial and marine, can also become entangled in balloon ribbons or strings, causing injury or death through drowning, suffocation, or an inability to feed and avoid predators.
Even if balloons are disposed of "safely" they go to landfill where it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose, leaching potentially toxic substances into the soil and water. Why are Surf clubs using balloons to celebrate?
Even if these balloons are biodegradable, it's greenwash. Natural latex may be biodegradable, but after adding chemicals, plasticizers and artificial dyes, how natural could it be? It may degrade after several years, but it’s surely not “biodegradable.”
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #balloons #balloonsblow #plastic #plasticfree #beachcleanup #trashtag #litter #turtle #oceans #animals #animalrights #queenscliff #surflifesaving
Someone created these faces from empty toilet tissue tubes!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #repurpose #toiletpaperroll #craft
We haven't fact checked this, but we love the idea no matter what.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #library #books
Don't throw out those old socks or pants - fix them instead.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #fixit #jeans
Want to know more about what you can do?
Start change with the power you have:
Full interview can be found here:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2YCCejQ
Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/googlewcwd
"Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew" was founded to solve an immediate litter problem on the local beaches in Sydney. 5 years on, Malin from Kobie and the Crew are leading the campaign against single-use plastic in their communities and neighbourhoods. Thank you to @whatcanwedo.podcast for the interview.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #beachcleanup
This man is recycling old picnic coolers into shelters for stray cats for winter! How very cool is this?!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #repurpose #nbcuc
Encouraging sustainable festive seasons - free of plastic, balloons and single use decorations. FREE to borrow and bring back for Northern Beaches residents & events. Please message
https://www.facebook.com/boomerangbuntingnorthernbeaches or call 0401 000 898 for more information and secure your bunting. They run on trust so no deposit required. How good is that!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #beachescouncil #boomerangbags #plasticfree #dontinflatetocelebrate #noballoons #nbcuc #party #greatidea
Great idea by David Irvine.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #repurpose #upcycle #upcycled #repurposed #greatidea #lightbulb
How good is https://www.arniesrecon.com/
Their January calendar is out - free pick up and recycling of electronics and appliances. If your exact area isn't listed book in anyway. They'll swing by! Bookings are essential at arniesrecon.com/
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #recycling #recycle
Rebel Sports and Athlete's Foot's recycling program turn old sneakers into gym mats, retail flooring and anti-fatigue mats. According to ASGA, the program aims to reduce the waste created from the 25 million pairs of sports shoes imported to Australia each year.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #shoes #recycle #sneakers #recycling
Trees made from trees Why not upcycle some pallets or wood and make a reusable tree, rather than having a plastic tree that eventually will end up in landfill or buying a tree only to be grown to be chopped down and put inside for a week or two?
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #repurpose #upcycle #christmastree #Christmas #pallet #palletwood
A New Beer Clip Reuse & Recycling Scheme Launches In Australia!
Beer-drinkers will now be able to recycle their beer clips via selected Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores!
The beer clips will be reused by local breweries to reduce the amount going into landfill!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #recycle #recycling #beer #beerlover #beachcleanup #beers
Sweden have a very sophisticated recycling system that allows them to capture materials that can be used again (metals, glass, paper, plastics, etc) and send less than 1% of waste to landfills, and they have many cogeneration plants that incinerate the rest to generate heat and electricity to help run their cities. Go Sweden!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #recycling #recycle #Sweden
Did you know you can use the peel from citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes to make colourful shapes for threading, sensory and loose parts play. They smell lovely, make fun christmas decorations and are a great way to use up peel leftover from eating or baking. Click here for a handy photo guide to making your own: https://childsplayabc.wordpress.com/.../citrus-peel-play.../
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #betterthanballoons #plasticfree #citrus
Adele Jacobson upcycled this old push car for her older Pomeranian. She painted it to match her car. "He loves going for rides since he doesn’t walk that far and I like this better than a stroller. He’s definitely a head turner."
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #upcycle #repurchase #upcycling #pushcar #dog #greatidea
Contact lenses and packaging waste can be recycled at Spec Savers in Stockland, Balgowlah.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #recycle #recycling #nbcuc
Don't know what to do with old phones or batteries? Here's one solution.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #batteries #recycling #recycle #mobilephones #phones
Soyfish containers are not part of the 2022 single-use-plastic ban in NSW 2022. What can we do?
1. Don't buy them.
2. These pesky fish-shaped soy sauce containers have a habit of hanging around. Can they be recycled? Yes, but this comes with a caveat. Even if properly disposed of, small items like sushi fish can be lost at the recycling plant.
This is because the machinery used to sort recyclables has size limits. Only items as large as a business card will go through. Anything smaller ends up in the landfill pile.
Put them inside a bigger plastic container, like a bottle or tub. Keep them contained within something else of the same material. This goes for other small things, such as metal lids. Put them in an old tin can and squeeze the can shut so the lids don’t fall out. Remember: like goes with like when it comes to combining materials.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #soyfish #plastic #plasticfree #solstice #recycle #recycling
BREAKING NEWS! The NSW state parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the laws we have been fighting for, enacting a ban on single-use plastics starting next year.
From 1 June 2022, lightweight plastic shopping bags will finally be banned in NSW, the only state who still allows them. Plastic bags are one of the most lethal plastics for ocean wildlife, entangling seabirds and choking turtles who mistake them for jellyfish.
From 1 November 2022, the following single-use plastics will also be banned:
Polystyrene food / drink containers
Disposable plates and bowls
Incredibly, a last minute amendment to ban plastic plates and bowls was successful - thanks to sustained pressure from ocean lovers! All of your calls and emails added up, convincing politicians to get rid of these difficult to recycle plastics.
With our victory, NSW will go from being laggard to leader, with one of the most comprehensive bans on single-use plastics in the country. More information: https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/.../phasing-out-single-use...
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From today all Woolworths stores in Tasmania will allow customers to bring their own container to be filled at the supermarket's deli, meat and seafood counters.
Aimed to reduce the amount of disposable plastic containers and wrapping, the Tasmanian trial follows in the footsteps of a successful pilot at Woolworths' Crows Nest store in Sydney as well as its new West End store in Queensland.
All customers have to do is to let the staff member behind the counter know that they wish to use a container. The staff member will then adjust the tare weight to suit the container and fill it to the shopper's preferred amount.
Each BYO container that is used will be provided a printed barcode sticker to use at the checkout.
To be used, all containers brought by customers to be filled must be clean and in "good condition" and have a sealable lid. Glass or single-use plastic will not be accepted. Only produce that is sold by weight at the deli, meat and seafood counters can be used as part of the program, excluding salads that are sold by volume. Similar trials in NSW and Victoria are expected to be rolled out next year.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #NBCUC #plastic #plasticfree #plasticfreeproduce #woolies #byo #byocontainer