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A Circular Economy can ELIMINATE waste and polution. Let's make sure the Victorian Government gets it right!
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Australia, we are in a waste crisis!

Australia's waste is growing at TWICE the rate of its population

Every MINUTE we produce 1 TONNE of plastic waste

Every HOUR we throw out 36,000kg of clothes

Every DAY we throw out enough bottles and cans
to STRETCH ACROSS AUSTRALIA

By 2050 there will be MORE PLASTIC in the ocean THAN FISH

The things we throw out are not just waste, they came from somewhere and can be re-used to make something else. Plastics, batteries and textiles can all be re-made into new and useful things, but 78% of plastics, 97% of batteries and 96% of textiles end up in landfill.

Every Australian’s landfill bin is between 37% and 60% food waste. In landfill, food waste rots and releases methane. Methane is 24 times more potent than carbon, and makes up 23% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Per person, Australia is the worst emitter of greenhouse gases in the world- and our waste is one of the causes.

Every minute one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped in the ocean. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. We’ve all seen the heartbreaking trauma that happens when larger animals eat this waste, but the plastics also break down into more toxic micro-plastics that are easier for the fish we eat to ingest.

Scientists recently found plastics in human poo!  Also, our ewaste like mobile phones end up in southeast asia, where people use fire or acid baths to get to the precious metals inside. These methods release toxins into the air and the water. Children in these areas now have lead and other contaminants in their blood.

Australia, we are in a waste crisis!

Australia's waste is growing at TWICE the rate of its population

Every MINUTE we produce 1 TONNE of plastic waste

Every HOUR we throw out 36,000kg of clothes

Every DAY we throw out enough bottles and cans
to STRETCH ACROSS AUSTRALIA

By 2050 there will be MORE PLASTIC in the ocean THAN FISH

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The things we throw out are not just waste, they came from somewhere and can be re-used to make something else. Plastics, batteries and textiles can all be re-made into new and useful things, but 78% of plastics, 97% of batteries and 96% of textiles end up in landfill.

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Every Australian’s landfill bin is between 37% and 60% food waste. In landfill, food waste rots and releases methane. Methane is 24 times more potent than carbon, and makes up 23% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Per person, Australia is the worst emitter of greenhouse gases in the world- and our waste is one of the causes.

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Every minute one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped in the ocean. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. We’ve all seen the heartbreaking trauma that happens when larger animals eat this waste, but the plastics also break down into more toxic micro-plastics that are easier for the fish we eat to ingest.

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Scientists recently found plastics in human poo!  Also, our ewaste like mobile phones end up in southeast asia, where people use fire or acid baths to get to the precious metals inside. These methods release toxins into the air and the water. Children in these areas now have lead and other contaminants in their blood.

This is a BIG problem
that needs
BIG solutions

Individual actions

just aren't enough

Did you know that up to 40% of a crop of bananas can be binned while still on the farm? Craig Reucassel, on the ABC TV show War on Waste, showed us just how horrifying it is for farmers who have to watch perfectly good food get trashed because they don’t fit produce standards produced by the two big supermarket chains..

How frustrating is it to need corn or zucchini, and find that they’ve been wrapped in plastic? Or to get a delivery of food and find in addition to your straw and take away cup you have a plastic bag, a bigger plastic bag, and a large paper bag to top it off?

Hands up if you’ve thrown away a perfectly good mobile? We’re a can-do culture, but how many of us have thrown away a phone or TV when it stopped working as well as we wanted? Repair shops are shutting down as people find it easier and cheaper to just go get a new version.

Did you know that only 9% of soft plastics are recycled in Australia? And how much work is it? We have to clean them out, remember to pop them in the car, go to special places, and then not be sure that they’re ever going to end up as something useful, or whether they’ll just end up in landfill.

Sometimes it’s just not possible to be responsible for our waste. People living in apartments don’t have access to gardens for their food waste. People with disabilities need plastic straws. For many people, major supermarket chains are their only option for food shopping, which means they are buying a lot of plastic around their food.

This is a BIG problem
that needs
BIG solutions

Individual actions

just aren't enough

Did you know that up to 40% of a crop of bananas can be binned while still on the farm? Craig Reucassel, on the ABC TV show War on Waste, showed us just how horrifying it is for farmers who have to watch perfectly good food get trashed because they don’t fit produce standards produced by the two big supermarket chains..

How frustrating is it to need corn or zucchini, and find that they’ve been wrapped in plastic? Or to get a delivery of food and find in addition to your straw and take away cup you have a plastic bag, a bigger plastic bag, and a large paper bag to top it off?

Hands up if you’ve thrown away a perfectly good mobile? We’re a can-do culture, but how many of us have thrown away a phone or TV when it stopped working as well as we wanted? Repair shops are shutting down as people find it easier and cheaper to just go get a new version.

Did you know that only 9% of soft plastics are recycled in Australia? And how much work is it? We have to clean them out, remember to pop them in the car, go to special places, and then not be sure that they’re ever going to end up as something useful, or whether they’ll just end up in landfill.

Sometimes it’s just not possible to be responsible for our waste. People living in apartments don’t have access to gardens for their food waste. People with disabilities need plastic straws. For many people, major supermarket chains are their only option for food shopping, which means they are buying a lot of plastic around their food.

Australia needs a waste system that is

COMPREHENSIVE

The best possible system for all waste, for all Australians

TRANSPARENT

A clear system we have confidence in

EASY TO USE

A system that makes it simple for all Australians to do the right thing

We are bringing people together to create the waste system we need

We are based in Melbourne, Victoria and come from many different walks of life.

We are all passionate Keep Cup users and recycling sorters, but got increasingly frustrated as we found we couldn’t have the impact we wanted.  Now we are using the power of grassroots activism to hold government and industry to account.

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