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ROO BAGS® Experience in Clean-ups in Australia

Please watch this video below to have an insight about clean-ups in Australia!

 

In this blog we will analyse and contextualize the participation of the ROO BAGS® team in clean-ups in Australia. More specifically on Fraser Island, in 2020, and in Noosaville, this year. These events were extremely positive, generated learning and made us reflect on various topics.

First, let’s make some comments about what clean-ups are. 

Clean-ups are beach cleaning actions, generally carried out by volunteers. The main focus is the positive socio-environmental impact on the planet, collecting trash on beaches, separating it correctly and sending the collected waste for proper disposal.

The Clean-up on Fraser Island was organised and coordinated by Drop Bear’s K’gari Adventures. We have nothing but praise for the brilliant and competent work carried out by the team at Drop Bear’s K’gari Adventures. The company provided accommodation, took care of all logistics, food, transport, travel, coordination of actions, etc.

On the first day, a professional guided volunteers on how to separate waste, which materials can be discarded together and what is recyclable and what is not. The team was divided into groups, and after receiving the work materials, we were moved to various parts of the island to collect the waste.

We were very happy and surprised with the profile, behaviour and attitudes of the volunteers in this, in our first clean-up experience. We worked with people of all ages, from various professions, all very friendly, who worked with commitment and dedication, carrying out work without any remuneration.

 

We were graced with the help of the Fraser Island’s oldest resident on our team, who has sadly passed away year later. She was a lady over 80 years old, who collected rubbish, exposed to heat and fatigue, with a lot of enthusiasm.

 

In this weekend-long event, tons of trash were collected and brought to Drop Bear’s K’gari Adventures headquarters, where we began another phase of separating and cataloguing all the trash collected. Each type of waste was placed in a specific container, for disposal or recycling, following the guidance of the people responsible for the event.

After this cataloguing, the collected material was sent to the correct place, when possible, for recycling and, in other cases, for disposal in a landfill. For this stage we count on the collaboration of Ocean Crusaders member partners.

We were impressed by the volume of trash collected. There were tons of trash that we collected in Fraser Island during 2 days.

 

In the evening, we participated in a large outdoor gathering, with live music and a lively conversation between participants, with explanations and insights about the clean-up. It was very important to share the experience and express the feeling of participating in a clean-up.

In relation to the March 2024 clean-up, the event was organised and coordinated by an institution called Clean Up Australia, which sponsored the event across the country.

ROO BAGS staff joined volunteers in Noosaville, Sunshine Coast. In the same way as the event on Fraser Island, after due registration, distribution of work materials and definition of tasks, we carried out garbage collection along the Noosa River throughout Sunday morning.

 

At the end of the morning, the collected material was deposited at the meeting point and properly packaged by the organisers.

 

This clean-up was special for the ROO BAGS® team because we live in Noosaville, and the Noosa River is a place we frequent daily. So, we felt at home! We were cleaning our land.

Concluding this blog, we would like to emphasize that the objective of a clean-up goes far beyond promoting environmental awareness and preventing the increase in trash at sea. In addition to leaving the beaches cleaner, reducing the amount of trash in the sea, a clean-up serves to help us to become proactive, move away from the theoretical debate and take a position as a party responsible for the impact we have on the world.

It was possible to identify several benefits for the environment and the community with carrying out these clean-ups, such as preservation of the marine ecosystem, visual and tourist impact, awareness and education, sense of community and cooperation, contribution to improving public health, in addition to strengthening the connection between people and nature.

In short, participating in clean-ups is a practical and meaningful way to make a difference. Remember, sea trash is our trash, the sea does not produce trash.

Please help preserve the environment, do your part. Every small change can make a huge difference. And the most important, don’t be a tosser!

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