A new community group has been formed with the single purpose of eliminating single use plastic bags in Manly by 2017. What a great goal!
It takes a village - to go plastic bag free.
That's the strategy powering community group Plastic Free Manly towards their ambitious environmental goals. The grassroots organisation has set 2017 - next year - as their target to rid Manly of single use plastic bags.
Because social change only happens if everyone is on side, the environmentalists are talking to as many groups as possible, ranging from school children and their families to local businesses and large corporate entities.
For the children there are family activity sheets and the story of Gertie the Turtle who swallowed a plastic bag and almost died. For businesses there is support for a transition away from plastic, and publicity to nudge shoppers into doing the right thing. Plastic Free Manly already has the support of more than 40 local retailers, Northern Beaches Council and Manly Chamber of Commerce. They are also working with grocery giant Coles on a local plastic reduction campaign.
The need is pressing. Every day ten million new plastic bags are used by Australian shoppers. And the plastic in every one of them takes hundreds of years to break down.
"Manly is special," former Manly councillor and Good For Manly president Candy Bingham said. "It's a village community, and it's full of people who care passionately about our oceans, wildlife and bush. We already have campaigns like Plastic Free July, which Good For Manly helped to introduce to Manly last year, and now this terrific group of women are taking it to a whole new level."
Plastic Free Manly is run entirely by volunteers. To join their team and receive training as a Business Engagement Warrior or digital marketer, or just to find out more, please click the link below.
It is supposed to be a pleasant plaza with the library at its core (attracting some 35,000 visitors a month) and a variety of shops and cafes spreading out into the laneway.
Instead it has became the home to 41 garbage bins, permanently stored at the back of the shops, including 16 bins belonging to the recently refurshied New Ivanhoe Hotel - it's a disgrace.
The rules are that shop-owners either have a garbage room or are required to keep their bins on their premises, except when a collection is due.
In addition, each morning this so-called pedestrian-shared zone becomes ''dodge the garbage trucks'. With three commercial contractors AND the Council truck collecting rubbish typically at 9 - 10am most mornings.
A motion moved by Clr Candy Bingham was passed at the April Council meeting that a Management Plan would be created to address the issue.
Do you visit this area? What do you think? See Good for Manly's vision for this area here.
Image courtesy of Channel 7 News.
It was concerning to read recently that Manly Cove has become the rubbish tip of Sydney Harbour. Rubbish from as far away as Bondi and Roseville is being found in the waters offshore.
Currents in Sydney Harbour collect debris and bring it to Manly, especially when a southerly hits. Recent storms highlighted the problem with Manly Cove thick with debris and rubbish knee-deep on the beaches. Parking tickets from the Eastern Suburbs were found amongst the accumulated mess, providing clear evidence of the problem.
According to Silke Stuckenbrock, local Narrabeen resident and co-founder of the Two Hands Project, people need to change their thinking about plastics and where they end up. “Plastic stays around for centuries. We have noticed that every mammal that gets washed up dead on to the shore has plastic in its system – it’s a very serious problem”, she says.
What do you think we can do to keep Manly clean?
Go to http://www.twohandsproject.org/ to find out how you can help.
While the areas around Manly are generally clean, cigarette butts continue to be a major problem as they have to be picked-up by hand during clean-up.
Sunday's annual Clean Up Australia Day highlighted what a problem butts have become with 183 butts collected around one seat alone in a non-smoking park!
Has anyone got a creative solution on how we can prevent cigarette butts littering our beaches & parks?
Rubbish overflows on East Esplanade. Photo sourced from Manly Daily.
Residents were repulsed by the overflow of rubbish in public spaces following the Cole Classic on Sunday 5th Feb.
Large numbers of attendees were to blame, as well as a lack of easily accessible bins and neglect in rubbish collection. Over 10, 000 competitors, support crews and visitors participated in the Cole Classic, which was complemented by fine weather.
Embarrassingly, the Manly Daily dubbed Shelly Beach “Smelly beach”.
These concerns are raised in the light of popular events staged in Manly that attract large crowds, such as New Year’s Eve and the Australian Open of Surfing.
The overflow of rubbish also highlights the lack of cigarette receptors attached to the bins, encouraging smokers to simply ‘butt out’ on the ground or worse – in the harbour – putting marine life at risk.
Is it the council’s responsibility to properly address rubbish disposal, or is it more a matter of personal responsibility?
Despite the influx of visitors surrounding the Cole Classic and other major events, residents are calling for more bins and frequent rubbish disposal to help keep our community spik and span.
Concern has also been raised by the installation of bins that block the harbour view from a popular restaurant along East Esplanade Reserve.
I have just received a fantastic article written by Johanna Grahn which really highlights the real (and continuing) problem we have with cigarette butts littering & polluting our parks, beaches and water in Manly.
Just strolling from Manly Wharf along East Esplanade she collected 217 butts in 1 hour (and those butts are hard to pick up!). Any ideas how we can change this?
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor, Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations & community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.