Proof of Environment: Trash Walk

"We can talk the trash talk but can we walk the trash walk?"


Joel Courtidis

I live in Hurstbridge which is a small town about an hour's ride on the train out of Melbourne. My home is about a 25-minute walk or a 4-minute drive from the town centre. Yesterday I made a trip to the local post office to deliver some products from Reverse IndusTree's Plastic-Free Store.

This time it was fine weather so I decided that I should not be lazy and brave the walk which ended up being more like a 45min walk as I was stopping to pick up a piece of rubbish every 5 or 10 meters... I was shocked as to how much rubbish I was able to find on the roadside.

A special thanks to the person who drove past and yelled out "good on you!" That gave me an extra kick to keep on going. :)

I got to Australia Post, I opened up my bag trying not to let all the trash fall out and I said to the kind lady behind the counter "I would like to send this rubbish back where it came from... just kidding!" Although I wish I could but I am not sure it would achieve all that much. I handed her the parcel in a compostable postal satchel and went on my merry way.

I realised that my compostable bag was full of roadside trash but I didn't want to dump it in a council bin as I was planning to separate it all when I got home (recyclable from landfill). So I stopped at Going Green Solutions and asked for another compostable bag as I didn't come prepared with a second one... I just wasn't expecting to find so much rubbish on such a short trip, you don't realise just how much there is until you start collecting it all.

I collected even more rubbish on the way home.

When I finally got home and separated it all I felt very accomplished. As it turned out, almost half of the rubbish I collected was recyclable which means that as long as it all ends up being recycled, by separating and recycling the rubbish I have collected, I have not only just removed the plastics from the environment but also reduced the need for new virgin plastics to be manufactured as recycled plastics take their place.

Taking photos of my environmental work and submitting a Proof of Environment (PoE) not only monetises my work and rewards me with EverGreenCoin (EGC) but also creates awareness and encourages others to join the movement.

If you don't feel like your work should be rewarded because you are simply doing it out of the kindness of your heart and respect for the environment please still enter a PoE!

Instead of being rewarded for your work you may choose to have your reward donated to a registered charity of your choice.