Warrnambool is a city with a population of just over 35,000 and located along the Great Ocean Road, in Southwest Victoria. They are fortunate to have a small penguin colony, a whale nursery and a highly active and passionate community. Volunteer community members have been collecting plastics and other marine debris on their local beaches for many years.
The Djunbunji Land & Sea Ranger team is leading by example with the creation of their new reusable events kit.
After attending the Australian Marine Debris Initiative’s 2014 conference and being involved in creating Source Reduction Plans for various projects, the rangers decided to create a Source Reduction Plan for themselves.
“We really need to change people’s way of thinking,” said Ranger Laurissa Mundraby, as she showed Tangaroa Blue the reusable events kit the rangers had put together. The kit had reusable cutlery, bowls, plates, and cups, with the aim to replace all the disposables they used to throw away.
The Responsible Cafes Program connects responsible cafes with conscious consumers by encouraging cafes to offer a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups.
1 billion takeaway cups and lids are landfilled or littered each year in Australia and, contrary to popular belief, they are poorly recyclable, many having a plastic lining, and only rarely composted due to inadequate industrial composting facilities.
So by giving a discount to customers who bring their own reusable cup, the Responsible Cafes Program saves money and reduces waste at the same time. This not only incentivises customers to do the right thing but increases awareness of the issues surrounding single-use waste and nurtures a culture of reuse.
While many cafes are opting for a 30-50c discount, the amount of the discount is totally up to you – just write it in straight on the poster!
In association with environmental organisations Take 3, the Two Hands Project, Tangaroa Blue, Surfrider Foundation Australia, Positive Change for Marine Life, Transition Bondi, Transition Margaret River, and more, we provide a vintage-style poster (in A3, A4, or A5 sizes), a small sticker for storefront display, an information sheet outlining the issue, and a video on the benefits of the program.
Responsible Cafes are jumping up all over Australia, so we’d love to have you on board! If you or anyone you know owns a cafe, or if you would like to approach cafes in your area, let us know and we’ll sort you out with everything you need.
This source reduction plan was designed by participants in Port Hedland during a workshop funded through Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA Litter Prevention Grants. The source reduction plan addresses plastic water bottles. Locally there is a large consumption of bottles from the supermarkets because people do not trust the scheme water. They are found on beaches because they are discarded there, as well as in parks and on the water. They also fall out of vehicles, boats, bags and bins. This issue is of great community importance because the large consumption of plastic water bottles is not sustainable. They are unsightly when in the environment, they break up to smaller plastic particles which can impact wildlife and they waste council money due to the amount of clean-up effort needed.
This source reduction plan was designed by participants in Karratha during a workshop funded through Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA Litter Prevention Grants. It aims to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles in the environment at Karratha. The source reduction plan involves introducing re-usable water bottles. The workshop attendees will lead by example and try to initiate the source reduction plan in each of their workplaces. Events will be water bottle free and re-usable events kits will be introduced. Cafes in town will be contacted to engage their support. The success of this source reduction plan will be measured during the 2015 WA Beach Clean-up event.
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