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War on Waste will give you a free reusable bottle to help you stop being such an enviro-slob

Plastic waste on beach
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Want to do more to reduce your environmental footprint? The ABC’s War on Waste team are popping up in Melbourne on Sunday, August 5 to help kickstart your low-waste life.

There will be two War on Waste pop-ups happening across Melbourne on Sunday, August 5, one at Southbank and one in St Kilda. Each pop-up will be asking Melburnians to make a pledge towards reducing their waste. You could pledge to stop using plastic straws; use reusable bags, coffee cups or water bottles; recycle your old mobile phones or even get your next takeaway meal in your own containers.

In return for making your eco-friendly pledge, War on Waste will be handing out free reusable bags or bottles to set you on the right path. Plus these reusable items have been gussied up by artist Lauren and the Lost Boys (who you can meet on the day), so you’ll not just be doing good; you’ll be looking good too. A MobileMuster bin will also be at the pop-ups, so bring your old mobile phones to recycle.

Since launching last year the program has made Australians rethink their attitudes towards waste. Hundreds of people swapped their single-use takeaway coffee cups for reusable ones after an episode busted the widely held belief that takeaway coffee cups can be recycled. 

The War on Waste Melbourne pop-ups are happening at O’Donnell Gardens, St Kilda from 8am to 11am and at Queensbridge Square, Southbank from 1.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday August 5.

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