Earth Carers News - May 2016

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Welcome to the latest Earth Carers newsletter.  We have news of what we have been up to and information about events coming up, including a special free composting workshop for beginners, the Less is More Festival and Plastic Free July 2016. 

Coming up...
Learn to compost - with free kit
Less is More
Plastic Free July
Earth Carers Course

Subiaco Street Party
Cottesloe Balloon Ban
Earth Carer in Action - Ditte Eden

Coming up...

Learn to compost
- with free tools for Member Council residents!

If you’ve never got stuck into composting before, here is your chance!  

This workshop is open to everyone and to make it really easy for you, we have sourced support from the WA Waste Authority and the City of Subiaco to provide the first 20 attendees from WMRC member councils (Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove and Subiaco) with all the tools:
  • a compost bin,
  • a handy gadget for turning the compost
  • a caddy for your kitchen. 
Just add food and garden waste!

Be quick - the first 12 places have already gone!

Where: Earthwise, Subiaco
When: Saturday 28th May 9:30-11
More Info: click here
Racing to Zero trailer
Less is More Festival
This will be a very special Plastic Free edition of the Less is More Festival. We're keeping the things you love like the bring and share lunch and the venue. This year, we are really focussing on the effects of plastic and helping you live plastic free - just in time for Plastic Free July!

We are still on the look out for helpers.  Know someone? Get in touch

When: 10am-4pm Saturday 25th June
Where: The Grove Library, 1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove 
More information: on the website or Facebook page

More details to follow... keep checking the website and facebook!

The challenge is simple
- attempt to use no single-use plastic through July

The good idea that started right here and has now gone global! Over 36,000 people in 90 countries took part last year.  Join us for a day, a week or a month. Refuse plastic bags, straws, coffee cups and water bottles or all plastic packaging.  Your choice, we're here to help!

When: All July
Where: your place, your work, your school....
More information: Website and facebook page

More details on this one to follow - keep checking the website and facebook.

Earth Carers Course 

The next Earth Carers Course will start on Wednesday 13 October. If you haven't already done the  course, we'd love to see you there. And if you have, pass the details on to a friend! Register your interest here or find out more here.


Subiaco Street Party

We had a great time with our bin champions and auditors at the Subiaco Street Party at the end of April.  The end effect was that this 36,000-strong event sent 37% of its waste for recycling. The normal percentage of waste recycled from such events is 0%.
Great work, everyone - we hope to do more of this!

Cottesloe Balloon Ban

After attending the Tangaroa Blue Source Reduction Workshop we arranged in February, Cr Boulter from Cottesloe was successful in getting balloons banned at Town of Cottesloe's own events and at those approved by the Town.  Congratulations Cr Boulter and Town of Cottesloe!
Despite what you may think, balloons take years to decompose, particularly in the marine environment.  Plenty of time to cause death and injury to marine birds and animals.  

Earth Carer in action - Ditte Eden

Ditte did the Earth Carers course way back in 2011.  Recently she got in touch to share her experiences "... my partner was going to take the garbage bin up to the street for rubbish collection when he came back saying it was empty.  I checked our bin under the sink.  It was half full..."  Read more on her blog here including 10 steps she's taken... 
About Earth Carers

Earth Carers work to make good waste practices normal in the Western Suburbs.  This includes events and programs like Plastic Free JulyLess is More Festival, and the Earth Carers Course.  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.
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