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Plastic Free July has come and gone...though we hope some plastic free habits have stuck! No rest for us though, we are in the middle of our Earth Carers course and look forward to a whole swag of events coming up!

Earth Carers News: Upcoming sustainability events: Nabilla, Amy & Rebecca

Current Earth Carers course
We have 23 enthusiastic Earth Carers currently on the course! We like to keep the course as fresh and as interesting as we can, so this time our participants were treated with a bin dump (not so fresh) on the first night, thanks to Garbologist Nabilla!

We look forward to welcoming this batch of Earth Carers into the fold!

PLC Earth Carers course
We piloted our first School Earth Carers course in July with around 28 middle and high school students at PLC. The girls got busy with their own bin dump, watched Bag It, donned hi-vis to tour the DiCOM waste processing system and made their own toothpaste, lip balm and deodorant. 

Toothpaste making

Touring DiCOM
Since the course the girls have started a committee to reduce the amount of plastic packaging used by the school canteen. They have already suceeded in banning the sale of plastic water bottles! A composting roster has been set up so scraps from the canteen and boarding house kitchens are composted. They also improved the recycling system in the canteen. Well done girls your rock!

Recycling Expo
This year the Waste and Recycling Conference is expanding to include a Recycling Expo featuring a compost workshop, a talk, a debate and a fashion parade! Earth Carers will be there. If you would like to help us on the stall, email us or phone the office on 9384 4003. You can download the flyer here.

When: Wednesday 12 September, 1pm - 5pm
Where: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle
Cost: Free 
Sustainable September
There are so many ways to learn to live more sustainably this September with a range of activities and events on offer in the western suburbs.  From children's storytime and activities, guided bushwalks, sustainability expos and cooking demonstrations there is soemthing on offer for everyone.  You can veiw the program here. Brunch with the Birds in Mosman Park                                     
The Town of Mosman Park will be hosting Birdlife Australia on 13 and 14 October. Saturday will be a lesson on the sonic display of bird calls from local species and Sunday will involve bird observation. 

When: Saturday 13 October: 8am -11.30am
Where: Town Administration Centre, Bay View Terrace, Mosman Park.
When: Sunday 14 October: 7.30am - 11am
Where: Minim Cove Park, (access from Fairbairn and Stone streets), Mosman Park.
RSVP/Cost: Free. Phone: 93841633 or email  Brunch at the Town’s Administration Centre will follow. Binoculars provided, but please bring along a pair if you own them.  
Spade to Table
Join West Leederville community garden for a day of talks, kids activities and more! All welcome! You can download the flyer here.

When: Sunday 23 September, 11am - 3pm
Where: West Leederville Community Garden, 78 Cambridge St, West Leederville

Earth Carers in action

Cath from Subiaco is passionate about reducing verge waste going to landfill.  She has set up Western Salvation, a community group committed to giving verge items a second chance. Cath wants to set up a Resource Reuse Arts Facility in Perth’s western suburbs to foster the collection, repair, reuse and recycling of domestic verge waste. You can join the Facebook group here

Hannah helped to organise the PLC Earth Carers course and is now involved in reducing disposable plastic at the canteen. She did Plastic Free July and made a fridge worm farm for her home!

Earth Carers, Finalists in the Infinity Awards
Huge congrats to Earth Carer Claire who was awarded an 'Honourable Mention' in the Waste Champion category in the Infinity Awards. We nominated Claire for the amazing job she did organsing the Less is More Festival in February 2012. Any takers to organise/co-organise this event in 2013?

We were also one of five finalists for our Earth Carers Schools Waste Education Program in the Government category.

We were impressed by the quality and originality of waste projects happening in WA. You can view details of award recipients here.

Container Savers
Join the Container Saver Challenge and help build a map of container litter in Australia. Currently we are debating a national container deposit scheme – where consumers get 10 cents back for your empty cans and bottles. Taking part is easy.  When you see drink container litter take a photo and share it.

Download the Container Savers iPhone app or share your photos on their Facebook Page, or Twitter

Sustainability Fiesta

For over five years, Hulbert Street in South Fremantle has hosted a Sustainability Fiesta

The vision behind the Fiesta is allowing people and local community groups to celebrate and share sustainable changes they have made, and inspire others to do the same.
When: Sat 22 & Sun 23 September, 10am - 4pm.

Ride2Work Day
Come join Australia's biggest celebration of commuter riding! Register for free and be a part of something big!
Whether you ride regularly or haven't been in the saddle for a while, there's never been a better time to get involved. Aside from realising the benefits riding to work can provide, registration will help improve bike facilities and give you a chance to win some fantastic prizes.
When: Wednesday 17 October
Register: Ride2Work

DEC's Wetland School Excursions - Volunteers wanted
Are you interested in helping school children experience the wow and wonder of nature?
The Ribbons of Blue program in DEC’s Community Education Branch is seeking volunteers to support wetland field work with school children as part of their Macroinvertebrate Snapshot 2012. 
You can click here for more information. 

Our mailing address is:
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
PO Box 47, MOSMAN PARK WA 6912
Phone: 9384 4003
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