Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
Hi  Western,
Earth Carers have definitely not been hibernating this winter as we've been busy with Plastic Free July, lots of school visits and increasing our recycling services across the region. Happy spring,

Nabilla, Amy, Rebecca & Gabrielle

Earth Carers starts next week
Our next Earth Carers course starts on Thursday 11 September, we have a group of 23 people signed up but have space for a few more so please join us. It includes interesting tours, information and demonstrations on how to live more sustainably and with less waste. Click here for details and to register.

Plastic Free July

Again we have been amazed by the spread of our Plastic Free July campaign which reached over 14,000 people from 69 countries around the world. Locally we ran workshops, displays, competitions and school incursions to raise awareness about the problems of single-use plastic and encourage people to choose alternatives.

Bring one, get one tree
As part of Plastic Free July our  'Bring one, get one tree' initiative was a great success in 30 cafes across Perth's western suburbs. In total 1,540 takeaway coffees were sold in reusable cups and for each one we donated a local native plant to a bushcare group in the region. Many people used reusable cups for takeaway coffees for the first time because of the initiative and it has lead to some cafes looking at other waste produced. 
The project is now a finalist in the Waste Authorities Infinity Awards to be announced on 12 September

Garage Sale Trail
Reuse and recycle on this national day of garage sales where people can register their sale for free and find locations online. Spring clean your cupboards and sell what you don't need or go looking for something second hand. Look out for events on the day in Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe and Subiaco.
When: Saturday 25 October
Where: in a street near you. Click here to register or find a garage sale.

Walk Over October
Residents are invited to put on their walking shoes and join our local walking groups on a social Sunday morning walk in celebration of Walk Over October, a state-wide campaign to raise awareness of the health, transport, recreational and environmental benefits of regular walking. Walkers will get to sample the new Mosman Park Heritage Trail followed by a free morning tea.
When: 9am Sunday 26 October
Where: Administration Centre,  Bay View Terrace and Memorial Drive, Mosman Park
RSVP: by phone on 9384 1633 or by email.
Brunch with the Birds
The Town of Mosman Park and BirdLife WA present their FREE annual Brunch with the Birds! 
Join them for bird watching along the Swan River foreshore. Followed brunch and presentations at Town of Mosman Park Administration Centre, Bay View Terrace. Participants should make their  own way to and from both venues.
When: 7.30am - 12midday, Saturday 8 November
Where: Meet at Chidley Point Reserve (upper carpark), Mosman Park
Register: RSVPs to the Natural Resource Management Coordinator on 9384 1633 or by email.

Earth Carers in Action

Meredith worked with us as an intern on our social media campaign during Plastic Free July. She learnt of Earth Carers while doing a masters degree in California and luckily for us she was not only interested in marine debris and science communication but she was moving to Perth. Thanks Meredith for your work in spreading the Plastic Free July message and teaching us about Tweeting!

Mattress Recycling
Mattresses can now be recycled at our transfer station in Shenton Park. To encourage residents to use this service, the WMRC have partially subsidised the price charged. It costs $15 (incl. GST) per mattress or ensemble and mattresses in any condition will be accepted.  For details click here. Mattresses are taken to Garbologie in Bibra Lake for recycling.

Recycling Stations
Now at Bunnings Claremont, Bunnings Cottesloe, Claremont Aquatic  Centre, Subiaco Lords
 (temporarily closed), Subiaco Library and the UWA Guild Refectory. In only six months we have already 
collected half a tonne of household batteries. These might otherwise have gone to landfill.

September tip - no "poo"
Each newsletter we are going to share a tip from our Earth Carers network on how to reduce waste further. There has been a lot of discussion about beauty products lately and shampoo in particular. Lindsay who writes Treading My Own Path explains how to wash your hair with bicarb and vinegar - click here.

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