The Parramatta River

It’s an iconic river in Sydney and vital to the Sydney Harbour - did you know the Parramatta River is the harbours main tributary?

Thanks to the City of Parramatta, we were fortunate enough to visit Parramatta on the 2nd of November to hold a Riverside Scavenge. We were initially meant to hold the event on the 5th of October although due to some unfavourable weather conditions the event was pushed back and we had a beautiful, warm and sunny day on the 2nd of November

The Parramatta community cleaned up 62kg from the Parramatta River Foreshore Reserve, 53.5kg of which was waste and 8.5kg of which was recycling. We found an abundance of cigarette butts in the area with 5,306 being the total count!

There were 48 individuals who showed up on the day and 100% of them had never done a clean up before! Hopefully we have inspired some of them to continue their environmental efforts! Speaking of environmental efforts we had some great local community groups with us on the day. SUEZ, Boomerang Bags and Our Living River were all present on the day and these are just a few of the groups who are championing environmental awareness in Parramatta! Kudos to these legends.

Dylan Reisch was the foundation for our musical entertainment for the day - Dylan is a local musician with an array of talented friends who also come down to perform. These friends included the duo Wild Roses and Al! We’re so fortunate to be able to work with so many talented local artists.

Local businesses also donated prizes to the Riverside Scavenge to the people who picked up the Most Litter, Most Ciggie Butts, Most Straws, Most Coffee Cups and the Weirdest Item. These businesses were Darcy St Project, Paddy Pallin, Gelato Messina, SEVA Yoga and the Riverside Theatres.

Here are the prize winners for the Parramatta Riverside Scavenge:

Most Litter picked up went to Hami with 1,345 pieces - Darcy St Project

Most Cigarette Butts picked up went to Julia with a massive 2,350 - Gelato Messina

Most Coffee Cups went to Julia with 7 Coffee Cups - Paddy Pallin

Most Straws went to Abhinah with 12 Straws - Paddy Pallin

Weirdest Item went to David with the makeshift water scoop! - SEVA Yoga

To everyone that participated, we hope you’re enjoying your new, yet pre-loved items purchased with your trash tokens! The second-hand market is a core element of the Scavenge, as it’s about reducing waste on all levels. HUGE thanks to all the people that donated their goods!

Seaside Scavenge wants to plant a seed of environmental nurturing in you. This involves thinking beyond waterway litter and focusing on litter prevention. In short - create less waste. Be creative and think of all the different ways you could cut down on your own consumption.

If you want to be more involved with what we do here at the Scavenge you can get in touch about organising a corporate workshop, school talks or university presentations. Here’s the link to contact us.

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Joshua Holliday