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Campaigns

The Reusable Cup Revolution - Responsible Cafes

We all enjoy a good cup of coffee and many of us appreciate the added convenience of a take away cup. It’s part of our increasingly busy and mobile lives. But where do all those empty cups go? Are they recyclable? Is there a better solution?  What can we all do to help – yet still enjoy that soy latte on the go?

The Problem;

Over one billion disposable coffee cups are littered or landfilled in Australia per year. Although the outer membrane of most coffee cups is made of recyclable paper, to make these cups waterproof, the card is fused with polyethylene, a material that cannot be separated out again in a standard recycling facility. It will probably outlive your time on earth! This type of container can not be considered recyclable. Some coffee shops use ‘compostable’ cups which are a slightly better alternative but also have their problems: These are lined with poly lactic acid (PLA) a ‘bioplastic’ which usually combines genetically–modified corn starch with plastic polymers. These cups can only be recycled in industrial composting facilities - which are rare.  Consequently, most takeaway cups end up in landfill.

The Solution:

Bringing your own reusable coffee cup for your takeaway is an easy way we can all help reduce our plastic pollution. With the support of Lane Cove Council and ‘Responsible Cafes’, Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group (LCSAG) are promoting a new program in Lane Cove to help you both save the environment and save money. To encourage customers to bring reusable cups to fill, some local coffee shops now offer a discount to customers who order coffee in a reusable cup. Look out for the blue ‘Responsible Cafes’ posters, to claim your discount. To date Oliver Brown, The Junction, Ground Caffe, Fourth Fish Cafe and Gelatissimo have all signed up to be part of the solution. This list will grow. Check out the ‘Responsible Cafes’ at www.responsiblecafes.org to see latest members of this expanding coffee network. Lane Cove Council will also promote members through their regular sustainability newsletter. Don’t have a reusable coffee cup yet? LCSAG hope to hold more stalls in the Plaza to promote this initiative and sell cut price colourful KeepCups. So start your own re-use revolution in 2017 - and enjoy your coffee sustainably.

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There are a growing number of local cafes and restaurants which are now offering a small discount to customers who bring their own reusable cup for their coffee fix. Look out for the Responsible Cafes blue poster and claim your discount when supporting this sustainable initiative.

Ground Caffe, La Provence, Lodge, Oliver Brown, The Junction, Fourth Fish, Artisan Brooklyn, Gelatissimo, Riverview Deli, Bella Bacio, Sweet Temptation

A big thank you to these wonderful Lane Cove businesses, Lane Cove Council and the many customers for supporting this solution to growing waste problem.

 
 

BagShare

Reusable bins are beginning to appear in the shopping centre of Lane Cove to assist our community's reliance on plastic bags. Plastic bags are mostly used when shopping and the bins have been placed in strategic areas to assist our community. Read more.

Plastic Bag Free NSW

The Plastic Waste Reduction Campaign has been initiated by the Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group, Take 3 - A Clean Beach Initiative, Marrickville Council and some passionate individuals with a view to lobby the NSW Government for (initially) a ban on plastic shopping bags. Read more.

Container Deposit System (CDS)

The Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group have, for some years now actively engaged in a fight against plastic pollution. Our actions have taken place locally as well as across the state and include active support for a proposed Container Deposit Scheme. Read more.

The Reusable Cup Revolution - Responsible Cafes

We all enjoy a good cup of coffee and many of us appreciate the added convenience of a take away cup. It’s part of our increasingly busy and mobile lives. But where do all those empty cups go? Are they recyclable? Is there a better solution?  What can we do to help – yet still enjoy that latte on the go? Read More.

 

Campaign for the Introduction of a Containers Deposit Scheme (CDS)

Background Information

Austrailia wide there are roughly beverage containers 13 billion consumed annually. Of these, it is estimated that around 8 billion are not recycled. 

South Australia has maintained a Container Deposit Scheme for almost 40 years. In NSW the a recycling rate is around the 40% mark for beverage containers whereas South Australia achieves 80% - 85%.

All figures from the Boomerang Alliance and Clean Up Australia (compare the SA & NSW Rubbish reports).

Why We Need a CDS

The Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group have, for some years now actively engaged in a fight against plastic pollution. Our actions have taken place locally as well as across the state and include active support for a proposed Container Deposit Scheme.

Plastic is the fastest growing component of the waste stream worldwide. We are particularly concerned about the rapidly increasing amount of marine debris in our waterways and oceans. The increase in ocean plastic pollution, an estimated 20 million items added every day, is considered by some scientists as a problem on par with climate change. These problems are not taking place on distant shores but also in our own backyard. Dr Jennifer Lavers, University of Tasmania, has for some years now highlighted the problems in our own ocean backyard on the world heritage listed Lord Howe Island.

Lord Howe Island is within what is known as the South Pacific Gyre and it is within this area that parent shearwaters roam the oceans in search for food for their young. Dr Lavers's research has established that over 90% of the shearwater chicks ingested some form of plastic. Shearwaters as well as many other birds and fish cannot distinguish between organic food and plastic. Needles to say many of those birds die a slow death as their stomachs are full "plastic food" which they can't digest. This situation is truly tragic. It is also tragic that not one of Australia's 11,000 beaches is now without some form of plastic pollution. 

It is estimated that over 30% of ocean plastic pollution originates from the beverage container industry.  More than 15,000 beverage containers are landfilled or littered every minute. - Eight billion annuallly. It is within our capability to confront and deal with this problem. More than 82% of Australians support Container Deposit Legislation. An efficient and proven nationwide scheme, as proposed by Boomerang Alliance, will significantly improve recycling, reduce costs for local councils and create ongoing employment.

Take Action

Please see the Boomerang Alliance website.


 

 


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Campaign for a Reduction in the Use of Plastic

 

Great News!

On 4 June, 2015, Environmental groups delivered a petition to Parliament House that was signed by 12,472 voters calling on the NSW Government to ban lightweight plastic bags. The petition was accepted by Bruce Notley-Smith MP, Member for Coogee.

Continue to support the campaign by also visiting Plastic Bag Free NSW site & sign the online petition to the premier here.

The latest campaign update can be found here.

Please see the media release & some photos of the petition presentation:

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            The 'Plastic Bag Monster' handing the petition over to                                                    Some of the supporters of Plastic Bag Free NSW                                                                    Bruce Notley-Smith MP, Member for Coogee

History of the Campaign:

The Plastic Waste Reduction Campaign was initiated in 2010 by the Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group, Take 3 - A Clean Beach Initiative, Marrickville Council and some passionate individuals with a view to lobby the NSW Government for (initially) a ban on plastic shopping bags.

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Plastic pollution how did it get this bad?
Plastic, once our “friend” in the fifties, has now become nature's enemy. Our oceans now contain alarming amounts of plastic debris which will take hundreds of years to break down. This is disastrous for our marine life. Below the waves, plastic debris is finding its way into the food chain. The UN Environment Program described marine Plastics as the new toxic time bomb. In addition to entangling wildlife or being mistaken for food, floating plastics accumulate and concentrate chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the pesticide DDT. Dozens of countries have banned plastic bags with positive results. South Australia and the Northern Territory have already banned plastic bags. The ACT's full ban on single use light weight bags started on the 1st of November 2011. As a result of the public support Target, Bunnings and other stores have decided to charge for plastic bags on a national basis. It is timely that the NSW government introduce a ban on single use plastic bags as a first step to reduce the serious effects of plastic pollution.

Plastic Pollution is one of the most serious threats to our oceans. Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all debris floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Plastic does not biodegrade, instead it photo-degrades with sunlight, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. However it will never really disappear and is trashing our oceans, washing up on beaches, being eaten by all manner of marine life and is an entanglement hazard to many species.

Plastic is swept away by ocean currents, landing in swirling vortexes called ocean gyres. The North Pacific Gyre, off the coast of California, is home to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life 6 to 1. These floating garbage sites are impossible to fully clean up. Plastic is also toxic once it enters the ocean environment. Plastic particles are 'magnets' for different types of pollutants, such as DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants). Plastic expels harmful chemicals such as BPA (Bisphenol A) which organisms at the bottom of the food chain, such as plankton and krill, ingest together with the microscopic plastic particles. As larger fish consume the smaller ones, the chemicals work their way up the food chain. Ultimately, humans consume the largest fish, with a potentially devastating effect on human health. For further comprehensive details on the issues relating to plastics please see this report: Plastics in the Marine Environment: The Dark Side of a Modern Gift

It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade. Even if we stopped using plastics today, they will remain with us for many generations, threatening both human and ocean health. Despite these alarming facts, there are actions we can take to address the problem of plastics.

We felt it was time for NSW to join other countries and other States and ban plastic bags at retail points of sale.


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Bins August 2011

Boomerang Bag Bins

The bins in the basement of Coles have been running since March. Changes to the bins

The bin in the fruit shop has been moved as it was too difficult access in the crowded space.

Signage has been updated to emphasis Canvas and Cloth,not single use plastic bags.

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Remember - The bins will only work if they are continually stocked with bags.

Our community can help by:

  • Returning the bags to the bins in good condition so they can be used by others
  • Bringing any surplus bags you have and putting them in the bins so other can use this service
  • Spreading the word about this great service to others in our community

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