A month ago, I set the goal of cleaning up a small part of the Merri Creek for one hour every Sunday in July. If anyone else came along, it was a bonus – and what a bonus it was!! So far, with the help of friends, we have filled 5 and a half landfill bins (120L each).
This is a big achievement for me, but it’s just another day for the legends at @friendsofmerricreek who have been tirelessly cleaning the creek for a long time now. I have so much respect for people who do this kind of thing regularly, even at a small scale. It’s hard work! One hour of picking up rubbish made my back sore. The walk to the car carrying loads of rubbish made my arms dead (Exercise? What’s that!?). We found some seriously gross items in the creek including a crack pipe and loads of syringes. Last week, I travelled interstate to get there on time and when I finally arrived, it rained heavily – yet we still managed to stick to the weekly goal. I sound like I’m complaining but I have truly loved every minute of it.
This whole experience has created new memories from old junk, like this little rubber duckie… This toy was the first item I picked up one week. I was by myself, assuming nobody would turn up and I had a lovely surprise when friends appeared a few moments later. It made me so happy to see everyone that I kept this duck as a little memento. Trash Party has been more enjoyable than I had ever imagined and a nice excuse to be outside.
If you’d like to join, I’ll be under the Merri Creek bridge, near @ceresfairfood this Sunday from 3-4pm, weather permitting. If your heart is in the right place but your schedule isn’t, that’s ok. We’re all in this together. Special thanks to the following accounts for picking up trash and inspiring me to follow suit: @lifewithoutplastic @take3forthesea@seashepherdmarinedebristeam@_wastelandrebel_ @waronwasteau@plasticfreemermaid