Have you heard the news?
Plastic Free Wollongong is taking part in the biggest environmental civic action in human history - World Clean Up Day. And we’re pretty damn excited.
On Saturday September 15th, we’ll be joining our mates from JCI Illawarra, Surfrider Foundation, Intrepid Landcare, Green Connect and the Peloton Against Plastic, in rallying the good folk of Wollongong to join in one of the biggest clean ups the Gong has ever seen.
It all kicks off at North Beach Wollongong at 9am on the grass just north of the surf club. We’re going to have teams cleaning from Fairy Meadow to City Beach and as many parks and surrounding waters as we can get our hands in. If you’re an extra keen bean, jump on ya bike and join the Peloton Against Plastic team who are riding from Sandon Point to North Beach from 8am. With a few pit stops to pick up some trash along the way.
Cleaning up the planet- it's a massive job. But luckily we’re not in this alone!
Millions of people from over 150 countries will be spending the day, cleaning up waste around the world and tackling our global trash problem. We reckon that’s pretty epic!
But this day is about more than just cleaning our beaches. With the support of the community and heaps of local businesses we want to kick start a massive change in the Illawarra around waste, in particular single-use plastics. Our mates at JCI Illawarra have been hard at work contacting local businesses which support sustainable practices and are happy to lend us a hand (and some $$) to make this change happen! And you can help us out too!
With the funds raised from World Clean Up Day, we’ll be rolling out a whole heap of new campaigns across Wollongong, targeting different sections of the community to make sure our message is spread far and wide.
We have plans to provide educational material about plastic pollution and sustainable alternatives to 50 public primary schools in the Gong. That’s a whole lot of kids who’ll be asking Mum and Dad to stop using take-away coffee cups and plastic bags. We’ll encourage these schools to start looking at plastic-free options for their canteens and school lunches, as well as getting the students involved with beach clean ups.
Plus we are gearing up to launch a campaign aimed at eliminating single-use plastic straws across the growing nightlife and bar scene in Wollongong. We’ll be encouraging bars and nightclubs all across the city to ditch plastic straws from their menu and look at sustainable options instead. Cause we all know straws suck!
Both of these campaigns will make a hell of a difference to the amount of single-use plastic used in our region and will really help in making 'plastic-free' the new normal. But we can’t do all of this alone, we need your support! If you’re keen to see these changes happen in Wollongong, we would love for you to pay a visit to our fundraising page. Any donations go a long way and your support is greatly appreciated!
If donating to the cause doesn't fit into your budget, we would love to see you getting down and dirty on the beach for World Clean Up Day. It’s going to be an awesome day for our community and we can’t wait for you to get involved! Not only will you be helping do your part for the environment, you’ll be supporting local environmental NGOs, making heaps of mates as you go and joining a worldwide movement for positive change. Invite your mum and your mates, share the World Clean Up Day event far and wide, and if you are involved in a business who might be interested in sponsoring us on the day, make sure you head to our chuffed fundraiser page- we would love to partner with you on the big day!
Many hands make light work;
See ya down on the sand!