A few months ago, a group of volunteers in Victoria’s west decided to sweep the streets of Marianas West for the rubbish bins.
It’s a small-scale, but effective, way to help residents and businesses find rubbish.
But the volunteers were surprised to discover there were already thousands of rubbish bins on the street, so they set about collecting them themselves.
The volunteers’ success was so great, they decided to start collecting the rubbish at local supermarkets across Victoria, and across the country.
“It’s kind of like having a neighbourhood watch, or if you’re a police officer and you’re on the streets with a warrant, you’ve got to be able to go to your local supermarket and sort it out, and get it sorted,” said Joanne Pryce, one of the volunteers.
Volunteers gather at the Marianes West recycling centre on Monday, July 18, 2018.
(ABC News Victoria)”This is our first experience with it, and we’ve got loads of ideas about how we can get rid of it, what we can do about it.”
Joanne P Bryce, a volunteer who has collected the rubbish in Marianals West.
(Supplied: Joanne)Joanne started by collecting the bins from a street in Marians West, a suburb of Melbourne.
She collected the bins in a bucket, then went to a nearby grocery store to buy a carton of pickled cucumbers, then took the cucumbers to a recycling centre in the nearby suburb of Mount Katoomba.
In between, she picked up two containers of fresh fruit, which she dumped at a local recycling station, and dumped the remaining plastic bags into a recycling bin.
At the recycling station she left the bags in the recycling bin for several hours.
After two days of picking up the plastic bags, Joanne decided to take them home to her husband, David.
“I thought it was probably a good idea, if it’s going to be collected,” she said.
Then, one night, Joannette got a call from her son telling her that his grandfather was sick.
David said it was a bit of a shock.
He said it’s not a good thing for the family to lose a loved one because of something as small as a plastic bag.
“They’ve had to be very careful, because it’s their family, and they want to do everything they can to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
But Joanne said they were still very proud of the efforts of the volunteer group.
They are very proud, and it’s a very positive thing for them to do, she said, because they’ve also been able to find recyclable items like toilet paper and paper towels.
Marianas West is an isolated suburb of the city of Melbourne, and its a relatively small community.
It has a population of just 6,600.
The volunteer group is also encouraging other people to donate the plastic bin and plastic bags they have collected to a local rubbish collection centre.
You can contact Joanne and the volunteers on the Marians Western recycling centre’s Facebook page.