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Global Challenge to Reduce Plastic Use

| community, nature, waste

By Elvie Rooney A friend of mine and I recently returned from a backpacking trip from England to Croatia and all the while we couldn’t help but make comparisons. We compared things from the pigeon populations to the ancient city architecture, from the weather to the fashion, but one constant source of discussion was the …

Plastic Free 2019

| community, nature, waste

By Tess Middleton Did you know that one garbage truck worth of plastic goes into the ocean every minute? In the last decade on Aussie beaches alone, more than 2.53 million plastic pieces, almost one million cigarette butts and 512,400 pieces of plastic bags were collected. Tragically more than 100,000 turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales and …

Dealing with Festive Food Fallout

| At home, food, waste

By Lauren Salathiel Australian households are waking up today with fridges brimming to the seals with Christmas leftovers – salads, cold meats, seafood and sweets. However, dealing with festive food fallout doesn’t mean eating ham sandwiches for every meal. Provided you’ve stored your leftovers properly and are a little bit adventurous with your leftovers, you …

Waste-Wise Party

| At home, waste

By Caroline Lavoie, Werribee River Association and Australian Conservation Foundation In the last year, our family of four has been very conscious of its environmental footprint, with a particular awareness about landfill waste and single-use items that are now part of everyday life. When came the time to discuss our children’s birthday party, it was clear …

Albury Waste Management Centre tours

| community, waste

By Karen Brawn, Halve Waste How much do you know about where your waste goes? What happens to your mattresses, tyres, e-waste and polystyrene? Want to know how the landfill powers 1500 Albury homes or what a dirty MRF is? If you’re curious, Albury Waste Management Centre will be opening their gates and hosting tours …

Living Lightly at Festivals and Events

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By Sharon Potocnik, Coordinator, Sustainable Activity Centre, Gateway Island As waste awareness grows, seeing the ground littered with plastic bottles and food wrappers when the crowds go home is becoming less acceptable to festival and event goers.  As an example, a local event provided red and yellow lidded bins which attendees dutifully used to separate their …

Living Lightly with Ease

| At home, energy, waste

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Many people think that trying to tread lightly on the earth is too much trouble.  But it’s mostly easy and sometimes it returns immediate positive benefits.  Consider the following examples. Each morning I go for a walk on Federation hill where I look down on several flat-roofed …

Repair Café Sewing Machine Maintenance Demos

| At home, community, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Repair Café coordinator Most of you probably sharpen your kitchen knives regularly and service your cars annually, but if you have a sewing machine do you maintain it regularly too? Feeling guilty? Never serviced your machine or don’t know how? Never fear, Repair Café is here.  We’re offering two free sewing machine …

About Values … (and Glass)

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By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta If you are a Baby Boomer or older you may remember the times before recycling. Drinks came in bottles, bottles came in wooden crates, which went back into the crate when empty. Crates full of empty bottles were returned to the shop where you were given a refund or a deduction for …

The Fix

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By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta A couple of years back I heard of something called Repair Café. Someone in Amsterdam had the idea to help people fix their broken goods and keep them from going to landfill. At the time I thought ‘What a great idea’.  I also thought ‘a lot of effort for little gain’ and …