“So they’re only a danger when the plastic breaks down?”, asked the customer.
“Well, no. They’re a danger before they start to break down too. A danger to fish and turtles, like those that mistake drifting plastic shopping bags for jellyfish and mistakenly eat them. And that’s what that hubbub you see going on across the road is all about. Randwick Council, which looks after the beach here at Coogee, is holding this Plastics — Switch Your Thinking event so people can rethink how they dispose of plastic rubbish. Instead of tossing it out, we can recycle it into some other useful product. Commonsense, really.
“You might see Tim Silverwood over there. He’s the surfer and a campaigner who started Take Three For The Sea to encourage people visiting the beach to pick up three items of rubbish, rubbish of any sort, and put it into the recycling or landfill bins. There’s Responsible Runners too, people who like to run along our beaches although the woman there told me their running is more like strolling because they do the Tim Silverwood thing and pick up rubbish.
“There’s Responsible Cafes, some of whom offer a discount on takeaway coffee if you bring a reusable coffee cup. We’re a member of Responsible Cafes too. And if you want a reusable takeaway coffee cup you can buy a glass one for $5 from the council stand over there. That’s a bargain because they usually cost $15”.