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These Sydney Cafes Will Give You a Free Coffee For Helping Clean Up the Beach

Fill up a bucket with rubbish from the beach, and you'll score a free brew.
By Sarah Ward
April 08, 2018
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These Sydney Cafes Will Give You a Free Coffee For Helping Clean Up the Beach

Fill up a bucket with rubbish from the beach, and you'll score a free brew.
By Sarah Ward
April 08, 2018
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Supermarkets are phasing out plastic bags, venues and even McDonalds are ditching plastic straws, Hobart is eradicating plastic takeaway containers and cutlery, and a store in the Netherlands has launched a plastic-free aisle; however the world's beaches and oceans are still feeling the impact of humanity's decades-long love affair with the single-use plastic. According to a 2010 study, around 12.7 million tonnes of the substance goes into the ocean each year. That's an enormous problem that can't be cleaned up quickly, but the Surfrider Foundation Manly is joining forces with 4 Pines Brewing and a heap of Sydney cafes to do encourage folks to do their part.

Running for the month of April across Manly, the Rubbish 4 Coffee Initiative gives locals an extra incentive to collect litter from the shore — if they fill a bucket and bring it to one of eight venues, they'll receive a free brew in return. Roma & Co, Hemingway's, Havana Beach, The Bower Restaurant, The Boathouse Shelly Beach, Manly Wine, Hakan's and Bluewater Cafe are the places taking part, and offering up Single O Coffee Roasters and Grinders coffee to.

To get a caffeine hit without spending a cent, Sydneysiders first need to drop by one of the venues to collect a Surfrider-branded bucket. Once they've been to the beach and filled it with trash, they can return to the cafe for their free beverage. Of course, a coffee buzz isn't the only thing they'll be feeling afterwards — there'll also be the buzz of doing the environment a solid.

The Rubbish 4 Coffee Initiative runs until the end of April. Visit the event Facebook page for further details.

Published on April 08, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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