LIVING IN THE PLASTIC AGE
Monthly Meeting – Wednesday 29 April 2015
Event: BCCAG Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Neil Blake
Subject: Living in the Plastic Age
When: 7:30pm Wednesday 29 April
Where: Sandringham Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St, Sandringham
Flyer: A4 Flyer PDF
Neil Blake

Neil Blake will present a public talk and a short film about Port Phillip Bay. Neil has been caring for and monitoring Port Phillip Bay for over 30 years, taking up the role as “Baykeeper” in 2008. Neil is passionate about the health of the Bay, and feels it is our responsibility to look after our coastline and keep it free of plastic pollution.

A 20 minute video will be shown, a one minute trailer of which you can see below.


Tim FlanneryFEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING
GUEST SPEAKER – TIM FLANNERY
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The evening with Tim Flannery on 25th February drew a great crowd. The event was held in the church to accommodate the more than 200 people who attended. BCCAG member Fraser Gibson gave a rundown on the Climate Council and its current fundraising activity before introducing Tim.
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Tim gave a synopsis on “Climate Change” emphasizing the seriousness of continued burning of fossil fuels. He spoke of the need to move more quickly to renewables. He said it is also important we consider new and unconventional ways of dealing with mitigating the effects of climate change. Kelly McKenzie from the AYCC was our moderator and added a youthful perspective to the night.
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If you were unable to make it or knew others who wanted to see Tim, the evening was filmed and is available to watch HERE.
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The article Tim Flannery has written for The Monthly is available HERE.
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You can learn more about Fraser Gibson’s fund raising for the Climate Council and make a donation HERE or contact Fraser at frasergibson@iinet.net.au.
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Tim and Cheryl with gift of photo by local photographer Pauline Reynolds.


JANUARY 2015 – LATEST CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTIONS FOR AUSTRALIA JUST RELEASED BY CSIRO AND AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY

John Clarke, who was our Guest Speaker at our November 2014 meeting, has asked us to promote the information on this link. . . climatechangeinaustralia.gov.au/en/.

Copies of the reports can be downloaded. There is also an interactive Regional Climate Explorer that provides key messages at three different levels of spatial detail.


From the Bayside Leader – 9 December 2014 – Page 18

Be one of the first 500 people to subscribe to Bayside Council’s Brighter eNews and get a free Green Light Brighter Pack, including two eco light bulbs, to help you start making the switch to LED lights. More at Make the Switch.

Please LIKE our Residents Against Plastic (RAP) page here on FACEBOOK.


RAP it up: Baysiders act on recycling soft plastics by Teresa Murphy


Cr Heather Stewart and Captain Trash launch the program.

Baysiders can now recycle soft plastics, thanks to a program called RAP (Residents Against Plastics). Conceived by the Bayside Climate Change Action Group, the trial program was launched at the Bayside farmers’ market in Sandringham on November 15 by Cr Heather Stewart and Captain Trash (aka Neil Blake from the Port Phillip EcoCentre). Bayside Council is co-funding the six-month trial, which aims to reduce soft plastics such as shopping bags going to landfill. Bins for soft plastics are at locations across the municipality. READ MORE in the article immediately below.


RESIDENTS AGAINST PLASTIC (RAP)
BCCAG AWARDED $5000 GRANT FROM THE BAYSIDE CITY COUNCIL

RED BINPlastic bags are killing our environment, clogging waterways and piling up in landfill. Bayside Climate Change Action Group have been awarded a Bayside Council grant to help recycle this waste, which will be turned into outdoor furniture, decking etc by a local Australian owned company, REPLAS, who will recycle the plastic bags and make these 200 useful PRODUCTS.

BCCAG’s trial will provide 5 distinctive red bins at 5 locations across Bayside. They are:

  1. St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
    Cnr North Rd and Cochrane St, Gardenvale (bin on Cochrane St. side)
  2. Bambini Childcare
    13-15 Asling St, Brighton
  3. Bambini Childcare
    73-75 Wilson St, Brighton
  4. Beaumaris Library (front foyer)
    96 Reserve Rd, Beaumaris
  5. Council Offices (front foyer)
    76 Royal Ave, Sandringham

SOFT PLASTICS Plastic bags and other plastic wRAPpings, like GladwRAP, and the wRAPping around packaged biscuits and confectionary cannot be recycled in a normal recycling bin. So if you can scrunch the plastic into a ball then this is the plastic that must go in the red bin to make useful products like these.

WHAT TO PUT IN RED RECYCLE BIN

✓ Bread bags ✓ Biscuit packets & trays
✓ Cling wrap ✓ Rice and pasta Bags
✓ Fruit & Vegetable netting bags ✓ Frozen food bag
✓ Bubble wrap ✓ Newspaper plastic wrap
✓ Confectionery packets ✓ Plastic shopping bags
✓ Old green bags ✓ Cereal Box Liners

NOT FOR THE BIN

✘ Plastic bottles ✘ Glass
✘ Solid Plastic containers ✘ Paper and cardboard
✘ Tin cans ✘ Food waste

The RAP project will include an education component explaining to residents how the system works and the many benefits. Less plastic rubbish means less greenhouse gases from production and landfill, helping in the battle against global warming, and less harm to precious wildlife and the natural environment.

Watch the video to see what happens to your soft plastic rubbish. Did you know, soft plastic bags can also be deposited at Coles supermarkets and they will also be collected and sent to REPLAS?

The RAP Project was officially launched during National Recycling Week at the Bayside Farmers’ Market on Saturday 15th November 2014 by Bayside Councillor Heather Stewart. Neil Blake (aka Captain Trash) from the Port Phillip EcoCentre and staunch campaigner for reducing plastic rubbish in the Bay also helped with the launch. The Residents Against Plastic (RAP) facebook page is at facebook.com/BaysideRAP

Please LIKE our Residents Against Plastic (RAP) page here on FACEBOOK.