[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]urners donned their flamboyant finest and kicked some trash-ass at Melbourne’s Merri Creek on May 9 as Kamp Kraken led another initiative to move Burner life beyond the Paddock.
Around 60 people donned gloves, gumboots and garbage bag and rocked up throughout the afternoon to wade through the muck of Merri Creek and remove rubbish. Wheeliebin beats (thanks BBB!) and tea and bicki treats fuelled the intrepid trash troops.
And the strangest thing found? A case half full of sweet potatoes and the desiccated body of a fox. Awards were given for the weirdest finds and best costumes, but the biggest reward was a satisfying 45 big bags of rubbish, 15 bags of recyclables and assorted hard rubbish collected.
There are plans to make Merri again, so stay in the loop by liking the Kamp Kraken page.
Meanwhile, Sydney’s Beneficient Burners Beneficent Burners are currently looking for volunteers to help get cafes and pubs involved with Plastic Free July.
They’re encouraging cafes to give a discount to people who bring a reusable coffee cup, and for pubs to only hand out straws when they are specifically requested.
If you’d like to ask your local café, or take on a whole street, contact Shelby Ann to get hold of some posters. They also have a script for what to say when approaching the cafe and pubs.
For more info, contact Shelby Ann firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Beneficent Burners’ Facebook group.