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Seaside Scavenge at Coogee Beach

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by Kirsty Bishop-Fox (subscribe)
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Who knew that beach trash could turn into cash and prizes?

The Seaside Scavenge is a waterway clean-up and clothes swap event, where litter collected becomes currency to purchase quality pre-loved clothes, as well as books, toys and more, which have been donated by the local community. You can enjoy a relaxed afternoon of music and entertainment with presenters, such as Paul Hellier from Fair Food Forager.

It's on Saturday, February 17th from 1pm to 5pm at Dunningham Reserve, Coogee Bay. Come learn from local eco-warriors about what you can do to stop wrapping yourself in single-use plastics, enjoy the live tunes on offer and have a wholesome day doing something good for the planet!

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Photo Credit: Seaside Scavenge

This will be the 6th annual scavenge at this location, to clean the beach, since it began in 2013. This a community event which originated at Coogee Beach, which has grown, now having held events along most of Australia's East Coast.

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Photo Credit: Seaside Scavenge

Twenty-nine successful Scavenges have taken place between Mornington Peninsula and Magnetic Island, attracting over 2,500 people to collect more than 4,500 kg of litter and 60,000 cigarette butts, as well as the redistribution of over 3,514 kg of pre-loved goods. This is an awesome collective effort from all involved.

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Photo Credit: Seaside Scavenge

Participants in the Scavenge clean-up will be rewarded for every 10 pieces they collect, with a token used as the currency in the pop-up seaside market, and you can even use your currency for a thirst quenching beverage from the legends at Coogee Pavilion.

Randwick Council, as well as many local businesses, are supporting this event with some great prizes on offer. Some of the prizes are:
Most straws wins a 5-class pass at The Livingroom Yoga School Coogee
Kookiest item of the day wins a Platinum Wash valued at $79 from WipeHero
Most cigarette butts will win $100 voucher to Barzura Restaurant Bar Café. They're also offering Seaside Scavengers a $1 off for every coffee sold in a keep cup. And if you don't have a keep cup yet, Barzura will sell them to the scavengers for $5 with a free coffee.

You can find out more prize details on the Facebook event page.

Seaside Scavenge, frame, coogee
Photo Credit: Seaside Scavenge

The Seaside Scavenge is about having fun while doing something good for the oceans. It's a great way to connect people in the community with the issue of marine debris pollution while working together in a light-hearted way to tackle the problem.

Since this started in 2013, it is estimated that 24 – 30 million tonnes of litter, mostly plastics, have made it from land into our ocean and most of this comes from land-based sources. Founder and Director, Anna Jane Linke says that "Seaside Scavenge is not only about opening peoples eyes to waterway pollution and providing an outlet to tackle the problem together. But it is also about encouraging people to cut-back on their single-use consumption".

Seaside Scavenge, sorting, rubbish, beach collection
Photo Credit: Seaside Scavenge

For participants to earn their litter currency, they must separate and sort the litter collected into recyclables and non-recyclables. Then it must be recorded so that the data can contribute to the Australia Marine Debris Database managed by Tangaroa Blue.

If you have some quality pre-loved goods, clothes, books, accessories, shoes et cetera, that you would like to donate to this pop-up market, please get in touch with the event organiser. You can contact them through the Seaside Scavenge website or social media pages – Facebook. Or for more information contact: Anna Jane Linke on 0408 630 667 or
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Why? To clean up Coogee beach in return for clothes, prizes and more
When: February 17th from 1pm to 5pm
Phone: 0408 630 667
Where: Dunningham Reserve, Coogee Bay
Cost: Free
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Great idea, hadn't heard of this before. Nice article.
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