Last year was a great success! BeachPatrol and Love Our Street mobilised 500+ people across Victoria and together in a single day we:
- Cleaned 186km
- Collected 1,848kgs of plastic waste and litter
- Collected 3,636 bottles and cans
- Collected 649 coffee cups and lids
- Collected 188 masks and PPE
- Collected 3,029 butts
Summary of highlights from 2020 Spring Clean Your Patch
Over the past year, we have seen Federal and Local Governments commit to phasing out problematic single-use plastics – straws, cutlery, plates and polystyrene containers! Great steps in the right direction. However, the issue of plastic waste is not going away and across the world, plastic consumption is expected to double by 2040. In addition to reducing our use of plastic, we need to see better recycling infrastructure in Victoria to collect and sort plastic waste, along with industry innovation to promote a circular economy. The pressure is working! But we need your help to keep advocating for plastic waste reform and recycling across the state.
Join us on Sunday 26th September, and help clean, collect and log the plastic litter in your ‘hood’. 🌻
The data will be directly loaded to the state government’s new database for them to track the type of litter and litter locations. 🚮 ✅
- Date: Sunday 26th September
- Time: 1 hour between the hours of 9 am-12 pm
- Please participate within COVID State Government regulations in your area.
- Download the Litter Stopper app (v3.9) Android, Apple.
- Gather your bags, COVID safety gear, personal protective equipment, and anything else you’ll need, and head out into your neighbourhood for 1 hour. Paying attention to what you pick up so you can record the litter under bottles, cans, coffee cups/lids, PPE items and butts.
- Log the plastic litter in the app using select ‘Full Audit clean’. Add counts of other litter items you wish recorded.
- Share your photos on the event Facebook page or on Instagram and Facebook with hashtags:
Make sure you dispose of rubbish appropriately – rubbish in the rubbish bins, recycling in the recycling bins and soft plastic (if it’s clean) drop off at REDcycle – you know the drill. And please make sure you stay COVID safe.
We hope you can get involved!
Spring Clean Your Patch team