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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

| community, waste

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)

| community, nature, waste

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

| community, nature, waste

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 …

Living the Goodlife in Gerogery

| At home, food, garden, waste

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery Hobby farming out here in Gerogery West isn’t quite like what you see on River Cottage and Gourmet Farmer. Yes, it goes close to living the dream but it does have ups and downs. For a start there’s a lot of hard work involved and you don’t have people around doing the …

No Longer Plenty More Fish in the Sea

| At home, food, nature, waste

By Francesca Ciantar I’m on the seafood diet; I see food, and I eat it – Homer Simpson Perched on an island as we are, both Indigenous Australians and European settlers alike have historically enjoyed the fruits of the sea. Furthermore, as a nation of people who enjoy a summer Christmas as opposed to a …

Christmas Can Be a Magical Time

| At home, community, waste

By Ben Habib, WATCH (Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health) I like the sense of expectation in the lead-up to Christmas as we wind down the year.  I enjoy the community spirit of this time as we let our hair down at work functions, embrace the joy of the season at carols nights and prepare for the …

Who is a Grinch?

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Claire Coulson  Christmas is the most wasteful time of the year. It’s a well established fact, just ask a garbo. But raising the topic will quickly see you labelled the family Grinch, ‘tis the season to be jolly after all. Instead I try to let my actions do the talking. There are hundreds of ‘green …