Beat the Bottle

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Band poses in colourful games centre.
Photograph: Yasmin Mund

They’re fighting pollution with music, education and extremely good vibes at this anti-plastic party in Parramatta

If you have a passionate distaste for waste and love for interative music events, head to Parramatta for Beat the Bottle. Backed by Sydney Water, these environmental crusaders are aiming to increase awareness about plastic pollution and encourage the community to get involved in tackling the problem.

And with one million plastic bottles bought every minute around the world, it’s a big one.

The day will be filled with beats by the Purple Sneakers DJs and local artists Junkyard Beats, who’ll also be leading attendees in a music workshop. You’ll be turning trash into musical treasure, using recycled instruments in a big interactive performance of the sustainability-inspired track ‘Come Clean’ by Haiku Hands artists, Jayteehazard and Chaos Emerald.

Between performances, you’ll be helping to clean up Parramatta River. Manly and Wollongong welcomed Beat the Bottle to their shores earlier this year, and were rewarded with more than 350kg of rubbish being removed from their waterways and beaches.

In case you needed any more encouragement to come along, they’re giving out free stainless-steel water bottles and there’ll be a sausage sizzle to fuel your cleaning efforts.

If you’re part of a local clean-up group, or you’ve got a collection of like-minded sustainable soldier friends, get them together and apply for the Beat the Bottle environmental grants that support grassroots community groups.

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