If you’ve ever taken a stroll along the paths which line our beaches, you may have noticed the ‘Butt Bins’ which are present at quite a few locations.
The bins are a great initiative and have been a great way to try and reduce the amount of rubbish polluting both the surrounding environments and the water.
What you may not know is that these bins are part of a much bigger idea known as, Adopt a Spot.
Co-founded by Chris Lemar and Carly Lynch, Adopt a Spot is a volunteer run group which has been trying to make a difference to our coastline in recent time’s, by getting group member’s to ‘Adopt’ and preserve a location.
Volunteers are allocated a specific area and then once a week head to the spot, empty the Butt Bins in the area, fill them with fresh sand and do a spot clean of the car park and beach area for other rubbish and damage.
Once this is done, a photograph of all that has been collected is taken and from this KESAB take information to develop a better understanding of the area’s.
The original idea was born during the 2017 Australia Day clean up when it became apparent that even if they managed to clean a large area, the area would still require a lot of constant work
Eventually they begun the process of smaller scale clean ups and after a few changes, Adopt a Spot was born.
Originally meant as a means to cover the Mid Coast Surfing Reserve, adopted spots now range between Glenelg North and Myponga and is likely to continue further south as further resources become available.
The group ultimately want’s to stop plastics from entering the ocean; talking to Chris Lemar, plastic doesn’t break down properly, it just breaks up into smaller pieces and ends up being eaten by marine life.
Marine life eventually overfeed on the plastics and die as a result, all because of the human lack of responsible waste disposal.
“I think that it’s not a council problem, its a human problem, if we don’t step up no one else will” Chris said.
“We don’t want to tell anyone what they can or can’t do, we just want the environment looked after.”