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Cairns’ innovative and creative bin design encourages waste disposal

Cairns’ innovative and creative bin design encourages waste disposal
February 14, 2020

An innovative solution to an ongoing litter problem is being unveiled today at Coastwatcher Skate Park in Trinity Beach, Cairns.

Josh Royale collects rubbish at the skate park every week and he is the face of Plastic is Drastic – a one-man litter squad targeting waste.

Earlier this year Royale pitched the idea of having “bin-hoops” at the park to Cairns Regional Council. The bin-hoops are a basketball hoop attached to the top of a standard bin. Park users can slam-dunk their rubbish rather than drop it on the ground.

Divisional Councillor Brett Olds said Council was happy to back the project which also involved art students at Trinity Beach State School designing a colourful mural wrap for the bin.

Councillor Olds advised “Josh started his project last year as part of the Holloways Beach Environmental Centre’s Enrichment Program and he approached me to see if Council could help him with his efforts regarding the rubbish problem at Coastwatcher Skate Park.

“The result has been fantastic. Students from the Trinity Beach State School advanced art program completed a mural on the bin, so not only will the bin encourage kids to dispose of their rubbish properly, but it will showcase the talents of these young artists as well.”

Royale noted his war against litter was part of a larger campaign to protect the environment and Great Barrier Reef adding “I have been doing clean-ups at Coastwatcher Park on a weekly basis and in every clean-up I have been picking up over 100 pieces of plastic. We have picked up a fire hydrant, crates and also the slushie cups.

“I focus mainly on this area because it goes straight down to the creek and leads down to our waterways and oceans and harms the marine life. The plastic bags can get stuck in turtle’s bodies and the straws can go up their noses.”

Councillor Olds, Josh Royale and fellow Trinity Beach State School students will oversee the installation of the bin-hoop at Coastwatcher Skate Park, Trinity Beach Road, Trinity Beach at 3.15pm today (Friday 14th February).

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