We dig earthworms! Without them there would be no plants on the planet!
To see how vermicompost makes plants grow have a look at this slide.
We're no drips we don't use plastic water bottles.
To find out why view this presentation.
1 Ton of organic waste on a landfill site produces 365kgs of carbon dioxide emissions into. The same amount of waste composted ONLY produces 30kgs of carbon dioxide.
To read what President Barack Obama had to say at the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.
We put a lot of energy into finding ways for you to reduce, reuse, recycle.
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|The Great Bin Walk|
From 9-13 August Mary Murphy from FullCycle and Ray Chaplin from 3Poles will be walking a municipal wheelie bin around the Cape peninsula.
The aim of the Great Bin Walk is to show support for the City's public call for action around waste minimisation. We aim to raise awareness and invite people to participate in practical ways to avert the waste crisis as outlined at the Waste Summit on 11 April.
We are inviting people to join the walk. The itinerary is as follows:
Please join us anywhere en route and encourage as many others do so.
If you would like to find out about the City of Cape Town's waste minimisation
The route for the first day takes them along the Sea Point Promenade and then along Victoria Road to Camps Bay, Clifton Oude Kraal, Llundudno and over Suikerbossie to Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu where the Hout Bay waste drop-off is located.
The organisers of the Great Bin Walk at the Mouille Point start
Spreading the message in Hout Bay
Nearing the end of day 1 - Imizamo Yethu and Hout Bay waste drop-off in the distance
Day two starts at Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, leads through Hout Bay and over Chapman's Peak to Noordhoek Farm Village. The Hout Bay side of Chapman's Peak is a long, reasonably steep climb, while the Noordhoek side is a cliff-hanging descent with stunning views out to sea.
Despite a National Weather Warning of gale force winds and high seas, and Chapman's Peak itself being closed for geotechnical evaluation following torrential downpours and high winds overnight, Mary and Ray summit Chapman's Peak. The bin takes in the view from the lookout towards the Sentinal.
On hearing that Ray, Mary and the Bin have begun their descent, Roger Jaques of FullCycle joins them from the Noordhoek side of Chapman's Peak with bike and trailer.
Heading down Chappies, Mary holds the bike and trailer for a photo. On the cliffs above a waterfall was being blown upward and over the top of the mountain.
The great thing about Chapman's Peak being closed is that there was no traffic - a good thing considering the numerous blind corners and challenging weather conditions.
The half-tunnel gives some welcome relief from the driving rain.
Gale force winds and high seas and showers as predicted
Mary and Ray hold on to the Bin in 60-80Km/h gusts as they round the corner above Long Beach, Noordhoek.
Cold and wet - Mary, Ray and the Bin reach the Noordhoek Farm Village - end of day 2.
Day 3 starts at the Noordhoek Farm Village and follows Noordhoek Main Rd to Sun Valley, then on to Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, Tokai and all the way to the Constantia drop-off at Ladies Mile.
Ray and Mary feed the earthworms at the Noordhoek Farm Village with the kitchen scraps from the previous evening's dinner at the Blue Tangerine Guest House.
Kalk Bay in sight ... still the occasional shower passing by.
A quick stop for coffee and croisants at Olympia Cafe - amongst the best on the Peninsula.
Looking from Bailies Cottage toward Simon's Town, a rainbow hugs False Bay.
Ray, Beatrice (the Bin) and Mary warn a whale about the dangers of plastic waste in the ocean. A whale found dead in Cairns, Australia had 6 square metres of plastic in its gut!
Bertie and Mary chat with the public about source separating waste (spot the whale).
Surf's up in Muizenberg ... and there are plenty of surfers in the water.
Mary and Ray stop in for an interview on Radio CCFM in Muizenberg. A journalist who is following the Great Bin Walk captures the interview on camera.
Heading down Ladies Mile to the waste drop-off facility
End of Day 3
Day 4 starts at the Ladies Mile w aste drop-off centre. The route winds its way back to Mouille Point.
Beatrice poses next to the Footprints sign in tribute to the great work that they are doing in recycling.
Hospital Hill - Ray gives Beatrice a lift where the path gets too rough for wheels.
Heading into Cape Town City Centre.
Beatrice with the Civic Centre in the distance.
In the City Centre - quiet on a Sunday.
No - Sorted! Back at Mouille Point, the finish of day 4.
Day 5 starts at the lighthouse at Mouille Point and ends at Parliament
Did you know?
Capetonians produce 2-3kg of Municipal Solid Waste per person - each day!
Only 14% of Cape Town's Municipal Solid Waste is currently being recycled
- 80% and more could be recycled quite easily
Waste generation is growing at 7% p.a.
- thats faster than our economic growth!
All Cape Town's existing landfills will all be closed in 3-5 years
- the proposed (new) regional landfill may be near Malmesbury / Atlantis
- waste trucks going to the regional landfill will do 100km+ round trips
- that will mean a lot more diesel burned, extra traffic and air pollution
We all need to do our bit - REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!