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  • ....On the SEVENTH day of Christmas.. make memories!


    Making memories together is what life is all about. And what better way to do that then by gifting your loved ones with special experiences they’ll never forget.

    Why not paddle-boarding? Get fit and up close and personal with some of the hidden, inaccessible gems on our coastline.
    What about a whale-watching cruise? Encounter the majestic marine wildlife we’re striving to protect from marine plastic pollution.
    Why not a tour of the Great Barrier Reef if you’re feeling particularly generous?

    The choices and possibilities are endless.

    TIP: Shop around for a local experience to help support your community


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  • ....On the SIXTH day of Christmas, give a gift of plants

    REDUCE: Sowing the seeds

    They say a home without plants is a home without life.

    The benefits are endless – improvement of air quality and humidity and reduction of carbon dioxide levels. They’re proven to reduce stress levels and promote calm and serenity. And let’s be real, they’re beautiful to look at.

    So what could be a better gift this Christmas? But while garden centres generally exercise the use of plastic pots (often unrecyclable black plastic, no less), why not gift your friends and family with a packet of seeds. Flowers, herbs, saplings, the choice is yours.

    And boost your sustainability street cred by reusing an old paper egg carton (try to avoid the Styrofoam alternative).

    Cut the cups of your carton apart and pop your seed in with some soil. Experts also suggest tossing in a pinch of coffee grounds because they add nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.

    When they’re ready, plant them directly into the earth and the roots will be able to break through the paper which will break down into compost eventually. The paper will also help your newly-planted seedling's roots stay moist until it breaks down

    TIP: For a truly plastic-free Christmas, dress one of your pot plants in decorations and lights and avoid chopping down a tree. When you’re done, put it back outside for another year.


    Go back to 12 days of plastic-free Christmas  >

  • ....On the SECOND day of Christmas, Reuse Books!

    REUSE - Books!

    Books are the perfect plastic-free present for your family and friends this Christmas. From classic tales to latest bestsellers, the perfect page-turner can enhance the imagination, expand the mind and broaden knowledge.

    When you’re finished, books are the perfect regift. But remember, paperback is best. Avoid hardback covers with plastic sleeves


    TIP: Protect trees by purchasing an electronic or second-hand copy from your local op shop.


    Go back to 12 days of plastic-free Christmas  >

  • published 12 Days of Plastic-Free Christmas 2018-11-28 14:14:03 +1100

  • Boomerang Alliance Newsletter - September 2018

    September 2018

    It's been a busy quarter for Boomerang Alliance, as we move towards the end of a year that has heralded such enormous change around our favourite subject – plastic pollution! The momentum continues unabated, and as always, we have been at the vanguard of the movement, bringing an independent and informed voice to a diverse range of fora.

    Much discussion has been seen in the wake of China's ban on plastic imports, which continues to bite across Australia. State and federal governments are seeking answers to address the crisis and among other initiatives, Boomerang Alliance was invited to take part in a series of consultation workshops in July, conducted by the University of Technology Sydney's Institute of Sustainable Futures, on behalf of the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

    September also saw the launch of the Federal Government's expanded targets to reduce plastic packaging, accompanied by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation's (APCO) Australasian Recycling Label and the corresponding PREP Packaging Design tool.  While we welcome these steps, questions arise around whether there is sufficient ambition to achieve the desired outcomes.  (For more detail, check out our Latest News story)

    We always welcome the opportunity to participate in and contribute to these discussions, and we see our role evolving to one of greater collaboration in finding the right solutions, now that the world is finally coming around to our way of thinking. There are plenty of 'traps for young players' along the way, but our long history of dealing with these issues means we are ideally placed to support those embarking on the path and seeking to achieve genuinely positive outcomes and we look forward to sharing our knowledge across an increasingly engaged stakeholder audience.

    While the pace remains relatively slow, there are encouraging signs across the spectrum, but we can't take our eyes off the prize. Community mobilisation and campaigning remain the core of our activities and with the help of our loyal supporters, Boomerang Alliance will continue to drive ambitious objectives, call for robust policy measures to improve our resource efficiency and above all, ensure that our environment receives the consideration it deserves.

    Jayne Paramor - Deputy Director of Boomerang Alliance



    Our Facebook photo competition SnapBack, encouraging our supporters and environmentally conscious consumers to name and shame retailers and producers for unnecessary plastic packaging, was a huge success and resulted in a highly publicised feature in Guardian Australia.


    After the success of Snap Back photo competition, BA's plastic packaging campaign continued apace in July with a hugely successful breakfast forum, 'The Future of Plastic Packaging – Driving Change for Consumer Packaged Goods'.


    BA's Communities Taking Control scheme has made significant strides over the winter months. Plastic Free Noosa has recruited a further 80 business members for a total of 140 establishments reducing their plastic footprint, while Plastic Free Wollongong has joined forces with music festivals and clean up events to target plastic consumption.


    In anticipation of the QLD container refund scheme launch date on Nov 1, Boomerang Alliance hosted a series of forums across the state to introduce COEX who will run the scheme.


    June and July saw something of a 'comedy of errors' emerge around the implementation of retailer plastic bag bans, highlighting that in those states without the benefit of legislated bans, the whims of consumers and retailers can easily result in some environmentally unsound decision making.  


    In Victoria, our focus is building momentum for CDS. Our current aim is to get the major parties to include CDS in their policies prior to the November election.



    At the end of April, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announced 'all packaging would be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025'. And while considered an ambitious target by some, Natures Organics CEO Justin Dowel regards the push as farcical!

    'It is a joke, to be honest,' he declared. 'Why are talking about 'recyclable?' Most plastics are recyclable! The problem is, we're not recycling most of the plastic. What we need to be doing is setting targets for recycled plastic, not recyclable. There's no point recycling if we have no use for recycled.

    BA spoke with Justin Dowel about his family-owned enterprise, manufacturing environmentally sound cosmetic and cleaning brands including Australian Pure, Organic Care and Earth Choice.


    Hitting the beach with his two year-old son Banjo, NSW Greens MP Justin Field had a horrifying realization. 'I grew up on the beach picking up shells,' he recalls, 'but my son, he picks up plastic. And that is the difference in one generation.'

    The Greens NSW member for legislative council, Justin is the spokesperson for fair trade finance, small business, trade, treasury and sport. But ultimately, his passion resides in the health of the marine environment. Taking a square aim at the laughable Berejiklian environmental platform while also lambasting 'disappointing' Malcolm Turnbull, Justin gave his take on Labour's eco promises and the Green's ever-growing parliamentary influence.


    Norway is often billed as a guiding light in the international war on plastic waste.

    With their container deposit scheme frequently reported as ‘the best in the world’, thanks to an often quoted 97 per cent recycling rate (based on 598, 355, 791 bottles and containers recycled in 2016*) the international community is training their focus on the Scandinavian nation in an attempt to replicate this success.

    BA spoke to Atle Hamar, State Secretary for the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment to learn if we can learn something from the land of the midnight sun and the birthplace of TOMRA reverse vending technology


    CTC is Coming to WA

    After the success of pilot programmes in Noosa, Byron Bay and Wollongong, Boomerang Allliance is bringing our Communities Taking Control across the country to WA

    BA vs Thicker Plastic Bags

    After the Coles fiasco, legislation surrounding thicker plastic bags (up to 70 microns thick) is more important than ever.

    CDS Vic Goes to the Polls

    In the run-up to the next Victorian state election in November, Boomerang Alliance is focusing our attentions on getting CDS included on all party agendas.

    Words: Stephen Milton      Design: Rianti Bieler
    We would not have been able to do all these works without our supporters. Please donate so we can continue our fight against plastic pollution.


  • published Newsletter in Latest 2018-09-25 10:31:33 +1000

  • published Boomerang Alliance Newsletter - June 2018 in Newsletter 2018-09-25 10:10:10 +1000

    Boomerang Alliance Newsletter - June 2018

    June 2018

    Every day you can't miss in the media, the worldwide alarm about plastic pollution killing marine life and finding its way into our food chain.

    The Boomerang Alliance was one of the first groups to campaign on this massive problem in Australia and we are having success. Almost every state has or will be introducing a container deposit scheme (after just 6 months, NSW has seen almost 400m bottles and cans returned), the plastic bag ban is spreading and excess packaging is a hot issue.

    But there's a lot more to do to reach our goal of a 70% reduction in plastic finding its way into our waterways and ocean by 2020. We are pushing business to change their love affair with plastic packaging and campaigning for new government policies and laws at national, state and local levels. Our Communities Taking Control is working in key regions to convert the plastic addiction – cafe by café, council by council, event by event.

    And we are forming alliances with recyclers to lobby for a positive response to the 'waste crisis' brought about by China's rejection of contaminated kerbside recyclate. We oppose more landfill and waste to energy.

    Australia needs to lock onto a future where resources are not wasted and the environment is protected.

    Jeff Angel - Director of Bommerang Alliance



    In April 2018, Boomerang Alliance launched our campaign and strategy for Commonwealth legislation against the production and sale of products containing microbeads in Australia. The strategy resulted in 16,000 signed letters from our loyal network. 


    April saw Boomerang Alliance hit the road with a 3-metre-long Coke Bottle on a mission to sway the Victorian government to implement a statewide 10 cents Container Deposit Scheme. And land primetime media coverage on The Project and ABC News in the process.


    Boomerang Alliance’s Communities Taking Control pilot strategies based in Noosa and Wollongong were conceived as projects to reduce single-use plastic footprint and achieve wide scale change within the entire community. And bolstered by ambitious targets, both are making impressive progress, individually and collectively.


    Disillusioned by the rising level of plastic waste in the waters off Perth, Pete Ceglinski felt compelled to find a solution. And together with close friend Andrew Turton, they hit upon a simple idea – a rubbish bin for the water or 'The Seabin.'

    Placed in a marina, harbour or any waterway with a calm environment, the effective model which sucks in waste and filters out debris-free water, has the extraordinary capacity to capture 500 kilos of debris annually including 90,000 shopping bags, 50,000 plastic bottles and 35,000 disposable coffee cups.

    Following huge success in Europe and North America, the environmental innovation recently enjoyed its Australian debut installation at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. And in the lead-up, Boomerang Alliance chatted with Ceglinski as part of our new series, Pioneers.


    Cut the Wrap

    Our campaign against excessive plastic packaging is continuing with The Future of Packaging forum on the 12th of July in association with Bloomberg.

    Plastic Bag Campaign

    Bolstered by the imminent QLD and WA plastic bag bans and Coles and Woolworths voluntary phase-out, the pressure is on for NSW to implement legislation.

    CDS Victoria

    Capitalizing on Big Bottle Tour, we will initialize the next stage in the plan – political engagement. We will meet with members of both sides to discuss proposals for CDS.

    Words: Stephen Milton      Design: Rianti Bieler
    We would not have been able to do all these works without our supporters. Please donate so we can continue our fight against plastic pollution.


  • published Campaign Now - Microbeads Action 2018 2018-04-18 16:54:00 +1000

    Stop Australia becoming the dumping ground for microbeads

    We have only days to defend the ocean around Australia.

    Next Friday 27 April 2018, our State and Federal Environment Ministers will meet to discuss crucial issues, including the introduction of a nationwide ban on microbeads.

    From personal care to dental hygiene to household cleaning, microbeads are used in an enormous range of products. They slip through our inadequate waste water filtration infrastructure and end up in the ocean. Once there, they act as a sponge for water-borne toxins and are easily mistaken as a food source by unwitting marine life, potentially adding toxins directly to the human food chain.

    What’s more, without a national ban, surplus products containing microbeads that have been rejected by other countries could easily make their way to Australia, as manufacturers try to cut their losses. We can’t afford to let Australia become a potential dumping ground for these billions of pieces of microplastic.

    Right now, the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Taiwan, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands have or will soon introduce bans on microbeads. Australia has no plans to do the same.

    Instead the Commonwealth Government is relying on a voluntary phase out but only a national ban will eliminate the problem once and for all.

    We need to put the pressure on. We need to protect marine wildlife, we need to protect the ocean. We need to protect our health.

    Can you help us by contacting our state environment ministers and making your voice heard? 

  • Thank you for standing up for our oceans

    Thank you for taking action on microbeads! With your help, Australia’s environment ministers will be under no doubt of our communities desire to safeguard our oceans with a ban on microbeads. And every voice counts.

    A voluntary phase out of microbeads by Australian industry is not an option. Voluntary action can easily be revoked. We need legal protection for our marine wildlife, our marine environment and consequently, our own health.

    Please share this call to action with your family, friends and followers. The more pressure on our state environment ministers, the greater the chance of a nationwide ban on microbeads. Make your voice heard.


    We will keep you closely updated on the situation as it progresses.

  • Ban Microbeads in Australia Now!

    Dear Minister,

    To date, Australia's Environment Ministers have favoured voluntary action to phase out the use of microbeads in cosmetics and cleaning products. With the growing, worldwide alarm about plastic pollution and its undoubted impact on Australia's marine life, I urge you to call for the implementation of a legally binding national ban to eliminate those remaining products that still contain trillions of ready-made microplastic microbeads just waiting to be washed down our drains and into our oceans.

    I regard industry agreements as an interim step, but in order to ensure that microbeads do not reappear in the future and that all products and businesses are captured, only a binding law passed by the Commonwealth Government will suffice.

    The rest of the world is responding to this problem, implementing robust laws to ban the use of microbeads. Australia cannot afford to become a dumping ground for all those non-compliant products that can no longer be sold in other countries and which may find their way here, as one of the only remaining markets into which they can be sold.

    At your meeting with other environment ministers on April 27th, I urge you to demand that the Commonwealth Environment Minister agree to pass this important law before the end of 2018.

    Thank you for your action to protect our oceans and contribute to a cleaner environment for present and future generations.

  • published The Big Bottle Tour Blog 2018-03-30 21:09:04 +1100

  • published The 2018 Big Bottle Tour 2018-03-28 10:54:32 +1100

    The 2018 Big Bottle Tour

    February 2018

    After just two months, the NSW container deposit scheme is already collecting over 1.5 million containers a day. As the rest of Australia follows suit in coming months, Victoria will soon be the only mainland state without a 10 cents container refund scheme.

    Plastic bottles can travel in currents for thousands of kilometres. We need container deposit schemes across Australia and we are going on a tour across Victoria with a 3m long Coke bottle in tow, calling for a 10 cent refundable deposit on bottles and cans. It will help reduce litter, increase recycling rates, decrease the contamination rate and provide great fundraising opportunities for charity and community groups, especially in regional areas.

    We will travel around 2,000 km over 2 weeks. From Melbourne to Port Fairy, up to Mildura, across to Wodonga and back via Bendigo and Ballarat, passing through a host of other towns along our route. We'll talk at schools and connect with the charity and community groups that will most benefit from this scheme. We'll organise roadside clean-ups, throwing the containers we find along the way into the big bottle. At the end of the journey, we will deliver the contents of the big bottle to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' office.

    We have contacted MPs in each of the electorates to arrange a meeting, some have expressed interest, some have declined - call them and ask them to meet with us!

    • Stawell: Louise Staley - (03) 5461 1255
    • Warnambool & Port Fairy: Roma Britnell - (03) 5562 8230
    • Horsham: Emma Kealy - (03) 5382 0097
    • Mildura: Peter Crisp - (03) 5021 2828
    • Echuca: Peter Walsh - (03) 5482 2039
    • Wangaratta: Timothy McCurdy - (03) 5721 6155
    • Beechworth & Yackandandah: William Tilley - (02) 6009 0808
    • Bendigo: Jacinta Allan - (03) 5443 2144
    • Castlemaine: Maree Edwards - (03) 5444 4125 (meeting confirmed)
    • Ballarat: Sharon Knight - (03) 5331 1003

    With your help we can get drink containers out of landfill and our waterways, and put money into the pockets of our charities and community groups! Come and say hi if - honk your horns if you see us! Here is our itinerary:

    31 March - 1 April 2018 Stawell
    2 April 2018 Warrnambool
    3 April 2018 Port Fairy
    4 April 2018 Hamilton
    5 April 2018 Mildura
    6-7 April 2018 Echuca
    8-9 April 2018 Beechworth/Yackandandah
    10 April 2018 Bendigo
    11 April 2018 Castlemaine
    12 April 2018 Ballarat
    13 April 2018 Back in Melbourne


    Actions and activities in each town are shaping up. Follow the shenanigans and latest news of the Big Bottle below and see how fast we are filling the Big Bottle with containers found alongside the roads.

    > Visit the Big Bottle blog page





  • published Day 1 on the road in The Big Bottle Tour Blog 2018-03-29 01:26:23 +1100

    Day 1 on the road

    We are on the road! "We" is myself and Travis from "Our Wonderful Country Clean Up Project". Travis offered his time, ute and services for this tour and we think he's an absolute legend! 

    This whole campaign wouldn't be possible without the many donations and kind support we have received from so many Victorians! For instance, Ross and Ramona from Beach Patrol housed the Big Bottle over the last couple of months. They know how many drink containers are littered and they are tired of picking them up during their clean-ups. They are keen supporters of the Big Bottle tour because they know that Container Refund Schemes work.

    I'm excited about this tour and I hope to take you guys with me - via this blog, by telling you about the people we'll meet, the issues and fun bits we'll encounter. Plenty of container litter on the A8, but we are on a mission to Stawell. Come and say hi to us tomorrow at the Stawell Street Festival!

    Annett & The Big Bottle


    > Go back to the Big Bottle Tour Blog


  • published 100 million containers returned! in Latest News 2018-02-21 17:08:29 +1100

    100 million containers returned!

    Wow! In less than 3 months over 100 million containers have been collected by Return and Earn!  And as we predicted they are finding markets because they are of high quality and not contaminated. 

    Many will have seen the hyper-criticism by some media outlets of short term issues being experienced by the NSW container deposit scheme - but it's unjustified.

    Yes there are issues like the slower than planned rollout of collection points.  However, every such scheme in the world has a ramp up period and it takes time for financially viable infrastructure to be put in place and for the community to adapt. We reject the hyper critical media commentators and some in the beverage industry who aren’t interested in a proven program being given time to sort out our serious recycling and litter problems.

    New collection points are being opened every week and it’s very gratifying that the community wants more. As for the alleged consumer rip-off, the arrangements are no different to what occurs in South Australia - returns are projected; advance payment made by bottlers; and in the next quarter adjustments are made according to actual returns. Many bottlers then reduce their prices if there was overpayment. As the system settles in projections become more accurate. The initial agreed prices are to be reviewed after February.

    The return rate for the first few months is close to what we predicted. It will gradually ramp up to about 80%. Return and Earn is a big, new program and NSW is the first state in Australia to bring in the modern, automated system that is necessary for our big cities and towns.  We are continuing to monitor the program and where necessary, suggesting improvements.

  • published Do gooder 2017 - Ban the bag contact local MP 2017-11-07 10:46:30 +1100

  • published Beyond Plastic Pollution Conference 2017 2017-07-10 19:11:43 +1000

  • signed cds vic 2017-04-18 16:48:12 +1000

    Ask the Victorian Government to implement a world class container deposit scheme

    Victoria has now committed to a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) to start by 2023. It needs to be the best scheme maximising recycling; with great convenience for consumers who want to redeem their 10cents; and a credible governance system.   

    The Boomerang Alliance has joined forces with Victorian community organisations and groups to push for action. The Victorian government originally was defending inaction on CDS with questionable statistics on litter and recycling rates. We took actions to dispel myths, raise awareness and presented the true cost of inaction. 

    NSWs 'Earn and Return' has collected over 5 billion containers in 36 months and increased recycling rates from 35% to over 70% under its ''split responsibility'' model with the independent Coordinator and Network Operator. This is supported by the Victorian government for the state's CDS. 

    QLDs 'Containers For Change' which operates under the system favoured by Coca Cola has significant problems with inconvenient refund points; alleged fraud; and lower recycling rates.  Nevertheless, Coke and Lion have embarked on a campaign to reverse the government's position because they can make a profit from a poorly performing CDS by keeping consumer refunds.

    NOW we need to win the battle for a CDS that works best for consumers and recycling.


    • Sign this letter to Lily D'Ambrosio thanking her for the CDS and maintaining her government's support for the BEST system.

    • Sign up to our campaign and join us in clean-ups, media stunts and other actions

    • Donate to our campaign


    A container deposit scheme is based on a refundable deposit able to be redeemed by the consumer or collectors at convenient locations. In other words, people get cash for recycling their containers. There are over 40 such systems around the world including in South Australia, the Northern Territory, the ACT, NSW and Queensland. WA, Tasmania and Vic are planning to follow suit in 2020, 2022 and 2023, respectively. Enregistrer


    7,756 signatures

    Dear Ms D'Ambrosio,

    Thank you for supporting the introduction of a 10 cents refundable deposit on drink bottles and cans in VICTORIA under the split responsibility model. 

    Victoria is now the LAST state to commit to a container deposit scheme (CDS) but can learn the lessons from other Australian states - and have the best CDS.  As your research has shown, the NSW split responsibility model works best and Victoria can adopt its key features for the environment, jobs, convenient access for refunds and charities.

    We support you rejecting the weak approach proposed by the big beverage companies, Coke and Lion.   

    A best practice CDS can help with the recycling crisis, as it produces reliable streams of sorted, uncontaminated materials that are of higher value and can underpin a local recycling industry. 

    Please keep me in touch with your work on scheme design. 

    Yours sincerely,

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  • published Video CDS A clean Victoria in Video Gallery CDS 2017-04-11 15:45:15 +1000

  • published email_bags in Campaigns 2017-03-24 16:09:14 +1100


    The pressure is on the three remaining states without a plastic bag ban to take action before the next Environment Ministers meeting end of June 2017. The next few weeks are critical for increasing the pressure on the NSW (Liberal), Victorian (Labor) and West Australian (Labor) Governments to implement a ban on single-use lightweight plastic bags.

    Give the oceans a voice by sending them a personal email asking for a ban on bags, and explaining why you care. It doesn't have to be a long email, but please try to make it sound personal as it would have more weight. We need to show them that we really want to protect our oceans and precious marine life.

    Tell them the community is ready to #banthebag. We have waited too long. No more excuses!




  • published email_bags_label_and_placeholder in email_bags 2017-03-21 21:30:35 +1100

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    Add your personal message here explaining why this is important to you for single use lightweight plastic bags to be banned in NSW, VIC and WA.

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