Jindy Lakeside Scavenge - Third Time Lucky!

Third time lucky Jindabyne! Finally we had a day of sunshine, low winds and warm weather. Despite the first two years in Jindy town showing us unfavourable weather we persevered and were rewarded with an epic day!

We had a smaller turnout than previous years which we suspect is because people were taking the opportunity to get some turns up the hill with the weather being so great!

Our hearts were warmed enormously with the overwhelming generosity that came our way in the lead up to the event with a massive 20 local businesses offering their support to ensure the Jindabyne Lakeside Scavenge saw its third year in town! 

On Saturday the 14th of September, we cleaned up a massive 570kg of litter from the lake and other areas around Jindabyne such as the road into town (especially near the tip), the clay pits, east Jindabyne and the sailing club! The litter collected  included 320kg of rubbish, 100kg of scrap metal and 150kg of recycling.

There were over 3,500 pieces of soft plastic picked up and over 2,000 cigarette butts along with hundreds of plastic and glass bottles! Most of the soft plastics came from near the tip as there seems to be a problem there due to the unsecured waste in the tip and the high winds in the area.

The Jindy Lakeside Scavenge saw 101 participants in the Banjo Paterson Park as well as 11 volunteers, 2 community groups, 3 musicians and the local council!

Only 51% of participants had never been to a clean up before which is a lot lower than the usual 80% we’re used to seeing. This shows us the people in Jindy who came down to help out are mostly engaged and aware on environmental issues.

Snowy Monaro Council supported the Scavenge in its third year in Jindabyne and held a stall at the event to promote the 5 R’s - Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle & Rot. Along with the council we had a small Boomerang Bags stall and the Jindabyne Lions Club was set up with a sausage sizzle in the park.

Huge, huge thanks to all our committed Seaside Scavenge volunteers for offering their time to help clean the lake and park. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Next year we are looking at open sourcing the Jindabyne Lakeside Scavenge through the Spring Into Scavenge program so if any local legends want to champion that then get in touch with us!

The people of Jindabyne rallied there businesses in support of the Scavenge and we are so grateful to each and every one of those legends! Below is a list of all the businesses that supported us this year.

Jindabyne Yoga Shala

The Market Jindabyne

Sacred Ride


Jindabyne Real Estate

Mexican Cocina Jindabyne

Crafters Jindabyne

TRC Tourism

First National Kosciousko


Troldhaugen Lodge

Nuggets Crossing & Mitre 10 Jindabyne



Jindabyne Landscaping

Jindabyne Backpackers

Alpine Fire Jindabyne

Henley Real Estate Jindabyne


Of course we can’t forget the legends at the Banjo Paterson Inn that donated beers to the hardworking Scavengers and fed our hungry volunteer team after the event. The Banjo put on pizza and beer for the event which went down a treat! Thanks legends!

Last but not least, here are the prize winners for the Jindy Lakeside Scavenge:

Most Litter picked up went to Margaret with 800 pieces of trash.

Second Most Litter went to Indy & Willo with 451 pieces of trash.

Most Cigarette Butts picked up went to Sienna with 600 cigarette butts.

Most Coffee Cups went to Eddy & Bek with 33 coffee cups.

Most Straws went to Sam with 15 straws.

Most Plastic Bottles went to Allison & Greg with 24 bottles

Most Glass Bottles went to Bill Eliston with 18 bottles

Weirdest Item went to Tanesha with the car exhaust 

Farthest Scavenged went to Drew who did multiple trips out to the tip!

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.

We love hearing from you. We’re always looking for volunteers & donations as well so please don’t be shy! Send us a message to find out more.

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Joshua Holliday