The Creekside Coffs Scavenge

Well it's taken us 25 events but we've finally got around to hosting a creekside event! And what better place to have done it than at the #SustainableLivingFestival Coffs Harbour! Massive thanks to the Friends of Coffs Creek for showing us hit all the litter hotspots around the creek and helping us collect and sort through 444.5kg of litter!! Thanks to Lee Gentle and Shelli van Santen a for these great snaps!

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

The Port Macquarie Scavenge

The Port Macquarie Scavenge

It’s a wonderful thing when it turns out bigger and better second-time round, and that’s exactly what happened on Saturday! Almost a year ago to the day we hosted our first Port Macquarie Scavenge at Town Beach.

We had 160 people come lend a hand to clean-up all the way from Bonnie Hills to Settlement Point. That’s double the number of hands we had last year, but even better is we didn’t collect as much rubbish! 246.5kg compared to last years, 259kg! We had comments floating in that, ‘there’s nothing left on the beach!’.

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

The Maroubra Scavenge

The Maroubra Scavenge

Of course there was no shortage of butts to be found, with our total tally reaching 3,281. The most butts was actually collected by Tanya with over 300! Scoring herself a 5-class pass to The Collaborative Maroubra.

Participants were bringing in bags packed to the brim; everything from thousands of Styrofoam balls, stacks of soft plastic packaging to straws and coffee cups, countless plastic lids and so much more.

In total 306.8kg of litter was collected including a 120kg of recycling from Maorubra. Very grateful for the support from Randwick City Council who promptly came down and collected all the litter… Somewhat disheartening to see all our tirelessly separated litter go into the same truck though!

Oh and how could we forget, the Underwater Research Group led by Rianti Bieler took a journey down to Bare Island and dived below the depths to pick-up 26.7kg of rubbish! This included 13.5kg of fishing sinkers, 3.5kg of dive weights and 9.7kg of mixed rubbish! Taking the total weight for the day to 333.5kg!!

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

The Jindabyne Lakeside Scavenge

The Jindabyne Lakeside Scavenge

Over 750kg of litter was collected in just 3 hours from all over Jindabyne. Needless to say, we were completely unprepared for that amount of litter.

We had 120 kids, adults and grand-parents roll through the event with at least a full bag each (if not 5 bags), packed to the brim with everything from food packaging to bongs and bottles.

The majority of items collected were beer bottles and cans which is no surprise as these line the streets of Jindabyne most Thursday and Sunday mornings. 

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

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!