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Swap Trash for Treasure at Beautiful Balmoral Beach

April 5, 2021

Brilliant initiative Seaside Scavenge is back on the shores of nearby Balmoral with a fun and unique community event. Help clean up the beach and swap any trash you find for treasure at the market stalls. There’ll be live music too!

On Saturday 10 April 9am-1pm, the community is invited to attend the Balmoral Beach Seaside Scavenge. The event will feature live musical performances by Roze Burke and Ziggy McNeill, and presentations by local waste warriors including young entrepreneur and Australian diver Sam Fricker, the Underwater Research Group, Responsible Runners and the Friends of Chowder Bay dive group. The event will also showcase local artists including Timothy Johnston and Sue Liu from Wildcard Sue and Women of Water.

It’s also a wonderful opportunity for participants to reconnect with their community and local environment as well as reconsider their relationship to waste.

So How Does It Work?

Seaside Scavenge is a brilliantly simple concept. For every 10 pieces of litter collected, participants are rewarded with one Trash Token to use in the pop-up market of quality handpicked pre-loved clothes, books and toys.

All trash collected on the day is catalogued and captured for the Australian Marine Debris Database. Participants will also be shown how best to sort, separate and catalogue trash.

Prizes will be awarded to participants who collect the most litter and other fun categories like the most cigarette butts or the weirdest item, just to name a few. Prizes have been kindly donated by local businesses who are eager to support local waste education including KAI YOGA, Taronga Zoo Sydney, Ripples Chowder Bay, the Public Dining Room and Wildcard Sue.

“Seaside Scavenge is a big hit with the community. It is a fun and engaging day out at the beach, and an event suitable for all ages. It raises awareness around marine debris and allows people to be part of the solution,” says Environment Education Officer for Waste at Mosman Council Loani Tierney.

“The Scavenge is about using a fun and positive approach to bring diverse communities together to realise the true value of waste and turn it into a resource, rather than something we throw ‘away’ – because there is no away,” adds Seaside Scavenge Founder & CEO Anna Jane Linke.

Previous Scavenge events have removed over 105kg of litter from local waterways.
To attend the Balmoral Beach Seaside Scavenge, please be sure to register online through the Eventbritelink. Seaside Scavenge is closely monitoring state regulations and encourages all attendees to bring a mask, and maintain social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be provided at the event.

Eventbrite Listing:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seaside-scavenge-balmoral-tickets-142626141629

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