Written by Michelle Gabelich.
I am a part of a group called Cape to Cape Plastic Free Group based in Margaret River. We are volunteers tackling the demise of single use plastics. My main focus has been setting up and coordinating a regular washup station at our Farmer’s Market. we set up once a month (would like more often but volunteer base needs to build) next to a coffee van (or two) and offer a china cup to market goers and then wash up after on their return. It is very well received.
Last year we applied for and successfully received a $10,000 Keep Australia Beautiful WA Grant to create a trailer to house and transport all equipment required for this service and extend to plates, cutlery and smoothie/ juice tumblers.
We purchased a new trailer, retrofitted the inside to house all our equipment which we purchased with the grant proceeds as well.
Last month we had our launch at the Farmer’s Market and next week we will be trialling the trailer at our Night Market. We dipped our toe in with the plates, bowls and cutlery at the launch and they were received favourably.
I initially googled wash against waste and started reading up about a successful venture in Mt Alexander. I “modelled” our trailer on their initial design and focus. It is It is worth looking at their website as well..
Please let me know how I can be of assistance. We are still in our foundation year so are tweaking and learning as we go along. It is our hope to hire out the trailer down the track to groups who want a more sustainable event focus.