The Coffs Harbour Scavenge

The Coffs Harbour Scavenge

One splendid debut for the Scavenge at the Coffs Harbourside Markets - 6 hours, 194.5kg of litter including 42.5kg of recycling, 2,693 of of butts and 2,944 of plastic packaging! We exchanged over 140kg of pre-loved stuff that had been donated by the local community (40kg went to Vinnies), entertained by tunes by Pat Tierney Music & Tullara and treated to some plastic facts and figures by Anthony Hill! Massive thanks the small volunteer team who made it all happen on the day and to Coffs Harbour City Council for bringing the Travelling Trash Troupe to Coffs!

The Townsville Scavenge

The Townsville Scavenge

As part of EcoFiesta, Reef Check Australia organised a Seaside Scavenge to get everyone cleaning up the Strand and the surrounds! They had a successful day with 35 hands helping to collect over 90kg of litter. Loads of wonderful prizes went out to these scavengers for their efforts. A massive thanks to all these local businesses for showing their support for a cleaner ocean!!

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

The Magnetic Island Scavenge

The Magnetic Island Scavenge

Despite the gray skies and pitter-patter of rain we jumped on the Fantasea Ferry ute fully loaded and volunteers checked in on Sealink. As we crossed the stretch of water between Townsville and Magnetic Island the clouds began to part. There was no way Reef Check Australia’s first Island Scavenge was going to be anything less than a sun-filled day of good times!

It was an epic success. Overall 60 pairs of hands collected 115kg of litter, including 32kg of recycling and 1,296 butts. We had over a 100kg of pre-loved clothes, books, toys and more that were donated by the local community.

Thanks for the good vibes Maggie Island!

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

The Coogee Scavenge

The Coogee Scavenge

As the event was supported by Randwick Council we’re pretty stoked we got in 4 hours of scavenging despite the rain and broke some records of participation, weight and butts collected! We also had over 200kg of pre-loved threads, books and all kinds of toys and knick-knacks that were donated by the community to trade for trash!

301kg of litter were collected on Saturday. This equated to 8 full wheelie bins - 195kg of waste and 106kg of recycling. Amongst this were 7,681 cigarette butts and 5,816 pieces of sea glass that washed up smooth from all the tumbling around in the sand. All this rain has bought an insane amount of junk from our city streets into our beautiful bays and beaches! But luckily we had 145 pairs of hands there to pick it up!

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

The Bondi Scavenge

The Bondi Scavenge

Our 15th Scavenge took place at the bustling Bondi Beach... Although it wasn't so bustling with the early morning drizzle! We had a fun day filled with trashy art, marine debris fashion and a whole heap of beach cleaning action. Alongside the Council's Summerama event and with the support of Keep NSW Beautiful's 'Local Litter Check' we collected 12,249 pieces of litter with 57 pairs of hands (big and small).

A number of local cafés jumped on board to pledge to go Plastic-Free for the day which was quite impressive. Gertrude & Alice, Lox Stock & Barrel, Funky Pies, Cami Kitchen, Café North, Sadhana and Orchard St all took to going ‘topless’ on their coffees (no lids), not serving plastic straws and not offering plastic bags with a smile. The way it can be :)

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

The Manly Scavenge

The Manly Scavenge

Our first time Scavenging up a storm in Manly was a pretty wicked one. We were apart of Manly's Ocean Care Day. An amazing event run on Manly beach by committed advocates for our oceans!

We got to hang out with just some of the incredible people and bubbling bodies of energy behind awesome efforts combating marine debris pollution, leading the cash-for-container campaign and just doing anything and everything to keep our environment out of human-harms way as possible.

We had a pretty epic day. Over 100 volunteers got involved as well as countless stoked little kids. An amazing team of Scavenge volunteers helped to sort through 62.72kg of litter, 20.79kg of which was able to be recycled. And they definitely were amazing… each and every Scavenge would not be what it is without these legends in green!

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

The Port Macquarie Scavenge

The Port Macquarie Scavenge

Saturday morning in Port Macquarie consisted of thick black clouds, long drawn out rumbles of thunder and heavy droplets of water falling from the sky. But with some serious satellite watching underway we managed to give everyone a couple extra hours in bed and started the scavenging action when the sun came out to say hello.

 

And how happy we were when it did. After all, there was no way the final Scavenge of our east-coast tour could be cancelled. Especially when there was 259kg of litter to be collected. Yep another record broken!! Check out the blog for more juice.

 

 

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

 

The Newcastle Scavenge

The Newcastle Scavenge

Despite being swept up in the whirly ways of the wind at Saturdays Newcastle Scavenge it was exciting days! This marked our twelfth scavenge and we’re pretty stoked that the 36.04kg of litter collected from Merewether and surrounds tipped our scavenge tally into the one tonne realm.

Thanks to the VanderAa brothers for joining us for the second-time and tapping up a storm for us to trade trash to! As well as ALL the local legends that came down to share their up-cycling skills, their plastic-free tips and change making action... good times were definitely had!

 

 

Thanks to our local sponsors, talented musicians
and volunteers for making it happen!

 

The Brisbane Riverside Scavenge

The Brisbane Riverside Scavenge

Our first Riverside Scavenge took place on Saturday and let’s just say some places are harder to crack than others…but crack em’ we will!

We had 40 souls scavenge the riverbeds and parks for litter. Mark Harvey was down there from 5:30am collecting trolley after trolley of everything from giant chunks of foam to nappies to old brollies. Overall we managed to total 72.57kg off litter, which included 18.83kg of recycling.

Thanks to the crew that made it happen, the musicians that offered their talents, the legends that donated their clothes and the businesses that put themselves out their and supported this for our debut event... We'll be coming at ya Brissy, bigger and better, so keep it peeled!

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

The Byron Bay (& 10th EVER) Scavenge

The Byron Bay (& 10th EVER) Scavenge

Another cracker of a Sunday spent scavenging the coastline. It was our tenth Seaside Scavenge but even better it was a record breaker! 87 hands collected 210kg of litter from the beach , 110kg of which was recycling. The wether stayed calm and dry to allow an awesome line-up of Nick Cunningham, Matt Armitage and the VanderAa brothers to play. We also had some plastic-free, marine debris and ocean inspiring talks from Alice Forrst, Anthony Hill and Chrystal Dawn. Thanks to all the volunteers for sorting trash all day and all the fun we had!

We had 238kg of pre-loved clothes donated from the wider Byron community and 100 refreshing Stone&Wood Beers from Beach Hotel. Thanks to all the businesses that supported us with prizes. Looking forward to the next one :)

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

Double Island Point Scavenge

Double Island Point Scavenge

The Scavenge jumped on Surfrider Sunshine Coasts bi-annual cleanup north of Noosa in October.
 

300 hands pulled out tonnes of litter from 60km stretch of dunes! Much of the soft plastics (bags, packaging, wrappers etc) are being melted down and made into made into building bricks. We got trivia-ed up from the Quiz Master, Anthony Hill, all about plastics and marine debris.

It was a seriously awesome to spend the whole weekend beach cleaning and have the scavenge goods set-up to reward everyone for their hard work! Thanks for having us Surfrider, can't wait for the next one!

The Mooloolaba Scavenge

The Mooloolaba Scavenge

Another cracker of a Saturday spent scavenging the coastline. This time round, we were set-up next to theMooloolaba SLSC amongst the eucalypts trees with the sunlight streaming through. We had 156.7kg of clothes, art, books, hats, belts and toys up for grabs for litter. And 150 delicious Stone&Wood Pacific Ales thanks to Joe and Lou at Good Bar!

Bri Green, Anrie Prinsloo and Jessie Taylor as well as Anna and Jordan took to our make-shift stage to treat us with their talents! Guitars, violins and vocals had all of us scavengers sorting, trading and tapping our toes... Huge thanks to everyone for braving the Saturday beach traffic! 

It was nothing but splendid with the crew of awesome volunteers from the Sunshine Coast as well as Take3 andSurfrider. 

 

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

 

The Burleigh Heads Scavenge

The Burleigh Heads Scavenge

Seaside Scavenge’s debut in Queensland went down a treat. We catered for everyone; from tinder dates through to keen blokes looking for a good squats session. Over 4 stunning hours of sunshine and beautiful beats 65 diverse souls visited us in Justins Park, Burleigh Heads to clean the beach. 82% of which had never previously attended a cleanup… pretty rad!

The sounds of Sean Fitzgerald Son's of East, Matthew Armitage and Jade Peterson were a very pleasant backdrop to our scavengeing action. The Burleigh Heads Hotel generously donated 100 beer tokens that were worth 20 pieces of litter a pop. Between the Burleigh Heads locals and Brahminy Exchange in Byron we re-distributed 163.7kg of clothing, vintage leathers, kids toys and everything in between. 3,788 cigarette butts were plucked from the beach and parklands, saving some 189, 400L of water from contamination. 

One-word we think sums it up pretty acurately: success.

 

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS, TALENTED MUSICIANS
AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!

 

The Byron Bay Scavenge

The Byron Bay Scavenge

Scaveging at Main Beach, Byron Bay could not have gone any better! We teamed up with the awesome local crew from Positive Change for Marine Life. The sun was shinning bright and we had an amazingly long-list of volunteers, sponsors and musicians there to make it all happen. The local musicians, David Ely, Steve Manoa and Lucy Gallant set the pace for some scavenging action and ensured that we were all tapping our toes as we traded! There were fantastic prizes donated by Three Blue Ducks, The Farm, Dive Centre Byron Bay and Creature Yoga that got people scavenging as far as Wategoes! It all paid off because we picked up an astounding 110.4kg of litter with just over 100 pair of hands! This included a whopping 3386 cigarette butts!