Using trash instead of cash

Ever thought that a coffee cup or burger box would be worth something? At the Seaside Scavenge they are! This market uses trash instead of cash. On the 23 September, Jindabyne’s Banjo Patterson Park will be transformed into a foreshore cleaning haven thanks to the trash trading action that will take place.

Seaside Scavenge turns litter into a currency that will be used to purchase pre-loved clothes and goods that have been pre-donated by the wider Jindabyne community.

From 1pm-5pm, the clean-up will take place and participants will be rewarded
for every 10 pieces they collect with a token used as the currency in the pop-up
seaside market.

Banjo Patterson Inn as well as many local businesses such as
Mitre 10, Jindabyne Brewery, The Market, Baccos, Takayama and more have
donated prizes for participants that collect the most litter, most butts, most
straws, the weirdest item and who ‘scavenge’ the furthest.

80% of ocean pollution comes from land-based sources. Jindabyne sits on the
Snowy River which weaves it’s way 352km downstream to come out at Marlo,
Victoria. Despite being inland, the region’s litter has every opportunity to make its’ way to the ocean that’s why this debut Lakeside Scavenge has been adopted by the Jindabyne community.

The Scavenge is an innovative and creative way to draw unaware audience’s
attention to litter. There will be a number of local environmental speakers including Boomerang Bags as well as musicians and upcycling workshops throughout the day promoting plastic-free lifestyle alternatives and marine
debris pollution awareness.

“We want to open peoples eyes to waterway pollution and offer an outlet to
tackle the problem together. More importantly, we want to demonstrate how to
easily cut-back on consumption of single-use plastics and fast-fashion,” says
Founder and Director, Anna Jane Linke.

In Australia, 1 billion coffee cups end up in landfill every year. We are asking
local businesses to take the Plastic-Free Pledge on the day of the event. This
commits them to avoiding at least ONE single-use item like straws, cups, foodcontainers, bottles or plastic bag.

A spread of local Jindabyne cafés have taken the pledge, so show them your support by head into: The Market, Jindy Juice Bar,CBD, Reddoor and Sugars Bakery on September 23rd to see what single-use items they’re avoiding.

“Every 10 minutes, Australians send 6 tonnes of textiles to landfill. By setting up pop-up markets with goods donated by the Coffs community we want to
encourage people to look beyond the price tag and go second-hand,” says
Ms Linke.

For participants to earn their litter currency they must separate and sort the
litter collected into recyclables and non-recyclables. Then it must be recorded so that the data can contribute to the Australia Marine Debris Database managed by Tangaroa Blue.

Get involved

Organisers are now looking for quality goods clothes, books, accessories, shoes etc. for to be donated for the pop-up market. Locals wishing to support via donation of pre-loved goods or time can reach us through the Seaside Scavenge website or social media pages.


About Seaside Scavenge

Seaside Scavenge has grown from a community initiative at Coogee Beach,
Sydney to gain Not-Profit status. Since March 2015, twenty successful events
have taken place between Mornington Peninsula and Magnetic Island attracting
over 1,500 people to collect over 2,400kg of litter, over 50,000 cigarette butts
and donate over 2,350kg of second-hand goods.

Guest post by Anna Jane Linke, Seaside Scavenge Founder and CEO.

For more information please visit the Seaside Scavenge website. You can also join the Facebook community. See an ABC News video of the Bondi Seaside Scavange held in Janurary 2017.