An Australasian gannet (Morus serrator) drowned in a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) radiosonde (i.e. weather balloon) on Brighton Beach (Victoria, Australia).
Found entangled with another gannet that had not yet drowned, this one was literally acting as a dead weight, whilst the other struggled to survived. Pulled from the water, people called the wonderful Zoos Victoria Marine Response Unit (MRU) who came and collected both. Sadly, the other gannet also didn't survive.
The BOM releases 56 such balloons each day to collect data, and hope to replace the material they make these from with more environmentally sustainable materials in 2022.
Photo by: @doug_gimesy
#animalwelfare #australia #conservationphotography #balloons #seabird #gannet #bird #plastic #australasiangannet #beachcleanup #northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc
Say hello to Lionel's neighbour Ken. He joined Lionel for the morning low tide where they spotted spotted 3 bikes and one Franklin's trolley. They thought it would be hard to get it out but they won!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #Avalon #litter #rubbish #beachcleanup
Single use items are littered much more often than reusable ones. How often don't you see single use face masks and single use coffee cups? Compare it to how often you see reusable masks and coffee cups littered. Best is to use reusable as often as possible. Less litter that way. And less animals entangled in litter.
#plastic #plasticfree #beachcleanup #litter #rubbish #northernbeaches
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
A huge thank you to the lovely crew member Kate who tackled "Little Manly" on her own, this afternoon. You're such an inspiration and legend and we're all very grateful for what you do.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #northernbeaches #little manly #beachcleanup #litter #rubbish
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
Another dead animal because of a balloon. This time it is a donkey in Tennessee that passed away.
"Well I have the results from the vet. She choked to death on a balloon. The string was all the down into her stomach but the bulk of the balloon was stuck in her throat. I wish people wouldn’t release balloons. They end up in places that they shouldn’t and donkeys will eat anything. My little Ninnie died over a memorial balloon someone let go! It was not a very big balloon but rather a small rubber one. Now I will be checking every inch of my property for items like this. I can’t deal with another death. PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE BALOONS TO REMEMBER SOMEONE BY. THEY END UP HURTING OTHERS. I want to say thank you to everyone who has sent me messages and for all the lovely comments. At only 3 months she had me totally wrapped around her little hoof! I will have her ashes back next week. I have ordered a special ceramic donkey from a friend that she is painting to look just like her to put her ashes in." ~ Tracy Trey Franklin
#balloon #turtlekiller #balloons #northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #balloonsblow #beachcleanup #donkey
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
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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
Toys - how many have your children got that are not made from plastic?
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #toys #plastic #plasticfree
Don't know what to do with old phones or batteries? Here's one solution.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #batteries #recycling #recycle #mobilephones #phones
You never know what you'll find in Dee Why lagoon.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #NBCUC #beachcleanup #Deewhy #Deewhylagoon #litter #rubbish #door
In early 1992 a shipping container travelling from Hong Kong to the USA lost a container during a storm. That container collided with another floating container (it is estimated 1382 are lost at sea each year) releasing 29,000 yellow rubber duckies into the ocean.
The 19,000 ducks that went south have been found on the shores of Australia Indonesia and even Chile.
The 10,000 ducks that were caught in northerly currents did a 3 year circuit of the North Pacific Ocean where some ended up in Hawaii and many in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Despite becoming marine debris, oceanographers did learn a lot about invisible ocean currents by following their journeys. Especially interesting was the group of ducks that drifted north through the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia.
Drifting 2km a day in a frozen pack across the Arctic Ocean they were spotted in the Atlantic Ocean 5 years later.
Some landed on the east coast of the USA whilst others continued in currents being found in Scotland in 2007, 17 years after they went overboard! They travelled over 27,000 km in tact and not even sun bleached!
The ducks highlight just how connected the oceans are and how marine debris can be dropped in one part of the world and end up in another part of the world decades later. That’s a lot of opportunity to cause havoc with marine animals and birds.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #beachcleanup #ducks #litter
There is no away.
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Credit Eco with Em
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