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West Coast Eagles

The West Coast Eagles are proud to be:

Changing People’s Perceptions of Waste

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With special thanks to Write Solutions’ and Face Your Waste volunteers for helping out at the game.

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WA’s Inaugural Members of the Sports Environment Alliance:

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Winner of the #SEAChangeSolutions Award 2019 for first Rethink Your Waste campaign

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2018 Finalist for AIM Pinnacle Awards for Green Business Excellence

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2018 Finalist for Infinity Awards

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And thanks to Optus Stadium for supporting the campaign.

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The world is facing a waste epidemic which is evident right here in WA. Compared with other Australian states, WA is the second largest generator of waste in Australia and the second worst recycler. This is a challenge we need to address and is compounded by the fact that China, which has taken our recycling for the last 20+ years has become far more stringent on the recycled materials they accept. If we improve how we recycle, China will accept more of our waste, reducing what ends up in Landfill in WA. So as a state we need to start changing our ways.

Many of the players, coaches and staff at the Eagles are passionate about this issue and want to try and make a positive impact. Venturing into sustainability is new for the club, so this is just the beginning, but we are hoping that declaring that we want to be more sustainable in terms of waste management and showing our fans the journey we are taking, will help convince them to do it with us.

If we can help educate all of our 600,000+ fans to be more conscious of their recycling habits then it will make a massive difference to the environment in WA.

Rethink your waste 2019

WA is the nation's second worst recycling state, but it doesn't have to be. Help us reduce recycling contamination at Optus Stadium so that we can turn our waste into something new!

July 23, 2019  12:52 PM

Our inaugural Rethink Your Waste match day was a resounding success.

The blue and gold army responded to our call to action and left Optus Stadium looking as clean as it has ever been following our round 22 clash with Melbourne.

This year we want to set ourselves a new challenge and we need your help! Our aim is to reduce the contamination of yellow co-mingled recycling bins at the game.

By reducing the contamination of Optus Stadium’s yellow bins (and yours at home), waste items can be recovered and made into something new rather than end up in landfill.

This year’s call to action is simple and catchy:

Do the right thing, use the right bin.

Don’t forget to remove lids and any food/drink residue left inside containers.

Items that CAN go in the stadium’s YELLOW bins include:

Plastic bottles (no lid)
Plastic cups
Cup trays
Paper bags (if clean from food and drink residue)
Cardboard Chip buckets (if clean from food residue and oils)
Aluminium cans
Glass bottles
Cardboard boxes and clams (if free from food scraps, sauce and oils – remove coloured paper lining)

 Items that CAN’T go in the stadium’s YELLOW bins are:

Plastic bags
Chocolate wrappers
All food scraps
Coffee cups and lid
Soft plastic wrappers
Cardboard trays, paper bags and chip buckets contaminated with food, oils and sauce
Round food buckets
Paper lining from food trays
Ice cream buckets

If you’re unsure whether an item should go in a yellow bin, follow our mantra:

If in doubt, leave it out (and use the general waste RED bins)

Look out for volunteers wearing green Rethink Your Waste t-shirts at Optus Stadium on Saturday. They’ll be armed with all the answers to your recycling questions!

Check out these top tips from the club’s sustainability consultants W.R.I.T.E Solutions Australia – who will be helping us at the game and reporting back on how we do.

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What To Do With Your...

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Can you believe that we’re celebrating the 15th instalment of the club’s Dig Deep campaign this year?

Given that it is also our Rethink Your Waste match day on Saturday, this year’s donation items are repurposed heritage Dig Deep pins and wristbands, which you can purchase for a gold coin donation from volunteers located outside Optus Stadium before the game.

Donations can also be made online at donate.cancerwa.asn.au/donate.

Every dollar raised will help Cancer Council WA support the 12,000 Western Australians diagnosed with cancer each year.