Hi Amy

Plastic Free rest of the year of course! Spring is just around the corner and we're all contemplating a spot of (plastic free) spring cleaning... Some ideas and recipes here, thanks to the toolbox on the Plastic Free July website. Here's what else is going on...

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

Earth Carers Course

The popular Earth Carers course includes five sessions over three weeks (3 week nights and 2 weekend sessions). It gives you the knowledge and skills to live confidently with less waste.  Our next course starts Tuesday 13 October and is already filling.  Our website has all the registration details - Click here to sign up 

If you have already done an Earth Carers course and found it useful, please let your friends know!

Plastic Free July
We've just looked at the statistics for Plastic Free July and we're amazed!  In 2011 when we started there were 40 participants, in 2015 this had increased to an estimated 36,000. It's gone viral with people from over 90 countries participating.  If you were one of them we'd love to hear your stories.... and the website is still there if you want more plastic free ideas

The Plastic Free Morning Tea initiative was new this year with over 100 organisations participating. The WA Marine Science Institute won the competition to tell us about their experience.  Here's some of what they had to say "I thank you for organising such a brilliant thing as Plastic Free July! I am still talking about it with people and everyone agrees that the experience of really trying to go without single use plastic was very revelatory. Those of us who wash plastic bags and containers to reuse them and think we don't use much plastic really came face to face with just how insidious plastic is and how we don't even notice"

Bring One, Get One Tree turned 1900 take away coffees into 1900 trees and shrubs this July as we donated a native plant to  bushcare group everytime a customer used a reusable cup.  There were 33 participating cafes and over the two years Bring One, Get One Tree has been running  a total of around 5000 trees have been planted - all thanks to coffee drinkers! 

Library of Things

We have a whole range of things including our H2O to Go water bottle refill stations and bubblers and our washing against waste kit that you can borrow for FREE for events.  To book contact us by email and collect and return to our Cottesloe offices. See our website for more details.

Celebrate Lake Claremont

A full program of inspiring and entertaining environmentally friendly activities and stalls.
When: 10am-1pm, Sunday 20 September 
Where: Lake Claremont off Stirling Road
Details: TOC website

Perth Royal Show

Come and see Earth Carer volunteers from across the Metro area at the Waste Authority stand. Learn all about waste and recycling and refill your water bottles at our H2O to Go water refill stations.
When: 26 September- 3 October
Where: Perth Royal Show, North of the Main Arena on the corner of Loton and Beeck Avenues 

WA Beach cleanup

Last year's WA Beach Cleanup organised by Tangaroa Blue reached 137 beaches and removed over 5.6 tonnes of rubbish!  Join in this great event or organise a cleanup at a beach near you.

When: 10 and 11 October
Where: A beach near you
Register: via website or email

Sustainable House Day

Every year many of Australia's most environmentally progressive houses open to the public to share their ideas and eco-achievements.  At last count, 14 will be opening across the Metro area so take a look at the website and plot your route around these inspirational homes!

Our very own Amy has her house open ....well worth heading to Hamilton Hill for a look around and a cuppa (gold coin donation to support Hilton Primary School) 

When: 13 September
Where: across the Metro area
Register: check website and turn up

Earth Carers in Action

Gabrielle and Nabilla have gone on maternity leave and we wish them both well over the next exciting and exhausting months.  We've welcomed Libby Eustance to the team full time to hold the fort in their absence.  Libby has been an Earth Carer since 2003(!) and was a Councillor at Mosman Park for nearly 7 years.

Amy and Libby are just finishing the latest Earth Carers Schools course with students from  Perth Modern School -  here they are making their own deodorant.  Do you know any local High School kids who would enjoy learning about rubbish, composting,making plastic-free alternatives and how waste is processed? Get in touch for details
Making deo at Perth Modern

We are so proud of Rebecca - she's been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to investigate innovative ways to tackle plastic pollution around the world. She'll be off on her travels in February and we are looking forward to hearing what she learns!

Other Snippets.....

Responsible Cafes 
Responsible Cafes logo
Our friend Justin has set up the Responsible Cafes initiative and our neighbouring councils of Stirling and Fremantle are both supporters.  Cafes offer a discount if you take your reusable cup - encourage your local to join in! Go to their website to find out which cafes have joined (there are lots including many for your next visit to Margaret River!)

Community Waste Grants....

Does your community group  have a project to improve waste management? Maybe building a community composting facility or transitioning to being plastic free? Click here for more...

Other things....
We do awesome events and programs like the Less is More Festival, Plastic Free JulyBring One Get One Tree.  We provide bins for batteries, globes and other tricky things.  Once you have completed an Earth Carers Course you can join our Earth Carers Volunteers who help us with all of these and more, come to special events and have a great time with Full Lives and Empty Bins!
Our mailing address is:
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
PO Box 47, MOSMAN PARK WA 6912
Phone: 9384 4003
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