The TrashBack team headed up to Rocking the Daisies this past weekend to test out a new concept for a participatory clean-up campaign. The concept was simple: bring us litter and we give you beer! To spice things up a bit, we added some Grand Prizes (more Black Label beer and Hemporium vouchers) for the person/team who brought in the most litter each day.
Cigarette butts, or stompies, are a huge issue at outdoor festivals as they end up all over the place, are a huge mission to pick up and are most definitely not bio-degradable! Hence these were chosen as our litter item of choice.
The initiative proved to be an extremely interesting and successful social experiment with 107 young&old, black&white, drunken&sober daisy rockers participating. Initially people were hesitant to pick up such “dirty” items, but we were delighted to soon hear reports of people receiving help from total strangers – working together to keep the party cleaner!
By the third day, we had given out 475 beers in exchange for about 39900 stompies! The duo on the left brought in 35 cups – around 2940 cigarette butts to win this case of beer… and they were stoked!
Where do we get these numbers from? Well every time someone brought in stompies, cups were filled and recorded against their name, and of course beers were exchanged to much delight! The TrashBack team then counted the average number of stompies per cup (20 samples taken) – 84 to be precise and with a total of 475 cups brought in we arrive at the magic number of 39 900!
Congratulations to the following Grand Prize winners:
Friday – Panda brought 21 cups and won herself two 6-packs of Black Label
Saturday – Andiri and ____ brought in 35 cups to take the case of Black Label
Sunday – Camilla and Blake collected an incredible 45 cups and won a R600 Hemporium voucher