Have you heard of the 'shopping trolley theory'? It's been applied to management styles, tests of moral fibre etc
It is basically the theory that, given that you get nothing out of it why would you do the 'right' thing? The shopping trolley presents itself as the apex example of whether a person will do what is right without being forced to do it.
Applies to managing your waste, and picking up litter from others. When its easier to just 'do nothing' do you choose to take the time to do it right?
Servant leadership describes it well. Leading by example is another way of acknowledging this model.
Do you return your shopping trolley?
Balloons found at Dee Why beach a few weeks ago. Balloons do not go to heaven. They land in the ocean and choke sea turtles, kill dolphins and whales, and the ribbons entangle birds. Many times, they end up on a beach as litter. Even the ones marked "biodegradable" can hurt animals before they have a chance to break down. Animals far from the ocean, such as horses, have been hurt and killed by balloons (they eat them when they land in their hay or they get spooked and bolt). Some balloons have started fires when they got entangled in power lines.
Sky lanterns have set homes, power lines, trees, and buildings on fire. Sky lanterns can also entangle an animal even if it is marketed as "biodegradable." There are many safe alternatives to releasing litter into the air, such as planting a tree for your loved one and watching it bloom, or blowing bubbles into the air. Grief is a painful process. In our grief, we do not need to cause others grief. While there are many environmental problems facing our planet, this is a very simple one to solve.
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Return and Earn is celebrating the 5 billionth container deposited through the scheme. With two out of three eligible containers now returned through the state’s container deposit scheme, over 460,000 tonnes of material has being sent to recyclers to be turned into a clean, valuable commodity. $500m has been returned to the NSW community through the 10 cent deposit and over $18.2 million has been raised for community groups and charities via donations and fees from hosting return points. If you like to donate your bottles and cans to "Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew", please comment below or send us a message and we will give you or barcode to scan.
Over 450 ‘swap and go’ cups have been delivered to the first 20 cafes signed up to the northern beaches council's Swap for Good coffee cup swap program.
The ‘swap and go’ systems are a great solution to reducing our reliance on disposable coffee cups. Customers drop off their empty swap cup at any participating café, then when purchasing a coffee, it’s served in a new and clean swap cup. There are also options if customers forget to bring their swap cup, which makes it easier to create a new habit over time.
As part of the Swap for Good program, the registered cafes from Manly to Elanora Heights received free stock of the reusable ‘swap and go’ systems to help them reduce their use of disposable coffee cups in a COVID-safe way. To be part of this program:
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Batteries.....Australians dispose of 8000 tones of batteries each year , full of acid, heavy metals and recoverable valuable materials.
Faaaaar out......8000 tonnes.....imagine what that looks like!
With only 3% of all Australian batteries being recycled this is an area that needs BIG change - and yet it’s so easy! These little power cells are a disaster in the red bin and landfill!
Follow these TWO simple steps:
1. COLLECT THEM - Clearly mark a container and put it somewhere safe & accessible and collect your used batteries
2. DROP THEM OFF - Recycling collection centers are in heaps of places -
Battery World (go figure!),
And you can find more including information for CAR batteries etc on the link below.
No excuses - collect your batteries, recycle them properly and TELL A FRIEND or five!
Get 'em outta landfill!!!
South Australia's nation-leading ban on single-use plastics, such as straws and cutlery, has come into force, with the government targeting other items to add to the prohibited list. Environment Minister David Speirs says the new laws ban the sale, supply and distribution of a range of single-use items. He says more will be added to the list in early 2022 including polystyrene cups, bowls and plates. Fines can be issued for any businesses that don't comply but, with strong consumer support for the new laws, the government believes companies will be happy to embrace the change.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plasticfree #plastic #saynotoplastic
Camille Reed is the founder of the Australasian Circular Textile Association, a not-for-profit that advocates for more sustainability in the fashion and textile sector. She says about 30 percent of all online sales are returned in Australia.
"And of that 30 percent, a further 30 percent cannot be sold". That's part of the roughly 800,000 tonnes of textile waste generated in Australia annually, according to the latest numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
When returns come in, they'll usually be manually assessed to make sure the product is in good condition, and fits the company's protocols for resale. "Maybe there's no capacity to actually have staff on the payroll to facilitate that," says Camille Reed. "There probably is a huge cost associated with holding [certain] labels and branding and remarketing, ensuring that it's all correct." If items can't be resold, they might be donated to charities, sold on to discount chains - or tossed altogether.
Associate Processor Payne says companies will ultimately be thinking about their bottom line, as well as the environmental impact. "For each particular retailer, they have to make a decision: which is the most cost effective pathway?" she says.
"And for some of them, it might be to partner with a charity or a textile recycler, to handle that waste." "Sometimes the easiest pathway, the path of least resistance, might be landfill or to overseas retail incineration as well."
People are creating more waste than ever. Bins are overflowing faster and faster, partly due to all of the packaging food comes in nowadays, and partly due to not enough collection times. That is why it’s more important than ever to deal with it efficiently.
So, what can be done to prevent this problem with bins on a wider scale?
Some of the solutions are quite simple, like getting more regular collections, or making efforts to reduce the waste you generate. As for more specialised solutions, smart solar-powered compactor bins are popular in many public areas. These can hold up to eight times as much waste as normal bins due to their compaction process, function through solar power to be eco-friendly, and have the technology to inform those collecting the waste when the bin is about to become full to prevent them overflowing!
In smaller areas, smart fill-level sensors in bins are more appropriate in terms of spacing, playing the same role in monitoring when the bin is full. A monitoring platform can also be put in place to plan out future collections ahead of time, making collections far more efficient and costs being reduced by 50%.
With new ways to use bins, overflowing bins may soon stop being a problem, hopefully bringing an end to the problems of large amounts of business and household waste as well. That being said, we’ll probably find a way to make more waste in the meantime. Will the Northern Beaches Council look at these options? Not sure, but we hope so. All these pictures were taken tonight, by Manly wharf, by the bus stop by Gilbert Park and by the main beach.
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Some used spark plugs, tooth brush heads, spoons and other bits got a new life as a Chess Set.
By: Per- Olof Nilsson
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We want to thank our friends from our local community that donate their "Return and Earn bottles" 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 to our lovely community - we are very grateful!
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Glitter is not only impossible to clean up, it also stays in the environment FOREVER! Choose biodegradable glitter made from cellulose instead, or make eco-confetti with a hole puncher and fallen leaves. We don't need plastic to sparkle!
SPONGES are made from PLASTIC - polyurethane for the soft stuff and scouring side made of polyethylene. They never break down in landfill, and while they are in your kitchen they are one of the worst breeding grounds for bacteria. It's no wonder that we throw them away after only using them for a short while.
Why are they such a 'bacteria breeder'? - Because of their massive surface area (all those little pores....) and how they hold water. This combo makes for a bacterial heaven.
Think about how often you throw these away...for hygiene reasons it should be weekly unless you commit to regular disinfection (yeah....that's gonna happen). So take that and work out how much that costs per year.....its about $80!
But there is an option - you can change from your plastic nasty sponge to something like this - a coconut scourer. These will cost you around $4 each BUT:
They last - we have been using ours for 3 months, and at this rate we will use 2-3 this year which will cost about $12. They dry COMPLETELY and don't hold bacteria. When you're done, you can toss them in your compost and the world doesn't pay a price for you cleaning your kitchen.
Turn your old garments into new clothes! H&M has installed a recycling machine called "Looop" in Stockholm, Sweden. The shipping container-sized machine cleans the fabric, breaks it down into fibers and spins it into yarn again. The process takes about 5 hours and uses no water or chemicals. Do you know that H&M in Australia also accepts all old clothing including bed linen and clothes not bought at H&M?
New arrival in some stores
Shopping trolleys made in Australia from 100% recycled Australian plastic.
Not only are the hybrid shopping trolleys better for the environment and local economy, they're lightweight and look great. They large trolleys are made from 152 recylced milk bottles and are perfect for big shops. The smaller trolleys are made from 66 bottles for when you just need a few things! For more information on these trolleys visit https://www.supercart.com.au/
Make up removal pads and wipes - Beautifully soft and effective but a fast way to generate loads of waste and there is an alternative.....
First up, many of those wipes and some pads are blended with materials like rayon to give them strength. Rayon is a synthetic fibre and is classed as a plastic.
You can purchase a 'microfibre' face cleansing cloth quite easily in many supermarkets now but the catch here is what happens when you WASH them and thousands of microfibres of synthetic material (plastics) are washed into our treatment plants and out into the oceans. Read the label - they're made from POLYESTER which is a plastic.
THEN THERE IS THE REUSABLE SOLUTION:
Upfront investment of ~$11 - $20 for 5 -12 pads depending on where you get them. 100% cotton or bamboo - no microfibres to damage the oceans. Reusable and machine washable - chuck them in with your normal clothes OR just make your own pads from an old t-shirt.
A baby will use around 5,000 nappies over their nappy-wearing life. That produces a mountain of waste equivalent to 130 black bin-bags full. More disposable nappies are found in our household waste than anything else. It is thought the plastics in disposable nappies could take hundreds of years to decompose.
Compared with reusable nappies:
While disposable nappies are made of chemicals, paper pulp, plastics and adhesives, real nappies are mostly natural. Organic cotton and hemp nappies for example.
Cabbage Tree Bay (by Shelly Beach in Manly) is a no-take reserve. However, we've often find fishing lines, sinkers and hooks in this area. People are not permitted to fish by any method, harm marine animals or plants, or collect marine organisms whether dead or alive in the area. The reserve covers about 20ha, including the entire bay, rocky shores and beaches from the southern end of Manly Beach to the northern end of Shelly Beach Headland.
If you see someone doing the wrong thing please report it by using this link or call 1800 043 536.
Remember the info needed is
1. the time and date you saw the activity
the type of activity you saw (for example, abalone theft, lobster theft, taking protected fish)
2. a description of the activity
the make, model or registration details of any vehicles or vessels involved in the activity (if possible)
3. the Fisheries Compliance Zone
the location of activity (description as accurate as possible)
4. your contact details (optional).
Pic of dead Dusky Whaler found by Dave Thomas in 2015 at Shelly Beach.
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Want to know more about what you can do?
Start change with the power you have:
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"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.
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If we stop buying crap, they'll stop making crap! Overconsumption is pushing our planet to its limits, and reducing the amount of stuff we buy is one seriously effective trick! Before replacing something that's broken, can you upcycle it into something new? Remember, recycling is the LAST step when it comes to protecting the environment. Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and in that order!