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How to Turn Trash into Cash
Western Australia is known for its beautiful pristine beaches, but how clean are they really? In a world full of non-degradable plastic, even remote areas become clogged with coffee cups, straws, water bottles, packaging and other waste. Fortunately, as more people become aware of this problem some creative solutions have been developed. One of the most innovative is the Spring Into Scavenge - Perth event at Cottesloe Beach on 1 September. Volunteers who help clean up the beach can then trade their trash for a variety of donated goods while enjoying local music. What a great way to celebrate the new season!
The Perth Scavenge is organised by Seaside Scavenge, an Australian not-for-profit organisation that has a mission to "get together, clean up our coastline, share our pre-loved stuff and listen to funky live tunes". Since their founding in 2015, they have organised scavenges on beaches and waterways around Australia, with the first international scavenge held in Cape Town, South Africa last year.
A typical scavenge features a collection/sorting area and a separate pop-up shop stocked with donated pre-loved goods of all types. Some have prizes and workshops or speakers and all have local musicians performing throughout the event. Gloves and bags are supplied and an "exchange rate" is set, that is, X amount of trash equals Y amount of cash to spend at the shop. The video below from the Cape Town Scavenge is a good example.
Scavenges have been held in other parts of Perth and nearby beaches. The amount of waste collected is shocking:
Some of the rubbish collected at each site was able to be recycled but much of it went to landfill which illustrates another goal of Seaside Scavenge: reduce waste at its source. All scavenges are zero-waste events and reduced consumption is encouraged through the use of donated pre-loved goods for the pop-up shop. Seaside Scavenge also offers waste consultancy services to business and community groups.
Fremantle Image: facebook.com/seasidescavenge/
Seaside Scavenge – Perth is a great opportunity to enjoy a day at Cottesloe Beach and make a real difference to the local environment. As a bonus there will be local music, bargains at the pop-up shop and the chance to meet like-minded people. Bring the kids as children are welcome at this family-friendly event.
To get involved, first register to get a bag and gloves. You can just turn up on the day but the Facebook event has a "Get Tickets" button. This will really help the organisers plan a successful event.
If you can't attend perhaps you could donate some pre-loved clothes, books or toys. Clean, good quality items are always welcome, however electrical goods can't be accepted.
For more information about the event or to make a donation, contact the Perth chapter of Seaside Scavenge at email@example.com.