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Clean Up Australia Day

First conceived in 1989, Clean Up Australia Day is Australia’s largest community-based environmental event. Clean Up Australia day sees volunteers from all around the nation helping to remove litter choking our streets, beaches, parks, bushland and waters.

Last year, more than half a million volunteers removed more than 15,000 tonnes of waste from over 7,000 sites across the country. 

You can register your school or business to be a participant in Clean Up Australia Day or find a site to volunteer at by visiting cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/

Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday, 5 March 2017

Schools Clean Up Day – Friday, 3 March 2017

World Wetlands Day

On February 2nd Recycle Right hosted a stall at the World Wetlands Day Conference and the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre. The event coincided with World Wetlands Day and brought people from all over Perth together to highlight the important role wetlands play in human health and prosperity. 

The Recycle Right team engaged and interacted with many interested visitors, providing information and advice on waste avoidance and reuse and recycling.

Murdoch Uni Festival Day 

Uni is back for the semester and Recycle Right will be hosting an information stall at Murdoch University Festival Day this Thursday the 2nd of March. 

Take the opportunity to come and visit us for information and advice on everything waste and recycling and find out how you can reduce, reuse and recycle. 

When: Thursday 2nd of March, 10am-2pm.

Where: Bush Court, Murdoch University

For more information visit murdochguild.com.au/festivalday/ 

PROBLEM WASTE

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste or HHW refers to the products used in the home that are flammable, toxic, explosive or corrosive. Whilst many HHW products are made from materials can be recycled and may display a recycling symbol on the product label, it is important that these items are not placed in any of your household bins as they can pose a significant safety risk to both workers and equipment. 

Instead HHW can be dropped off at a range of collection sites in Western Australia through the Household Hazardous Waste program, as funded by the Waste Authority. 

Accepted materials included in the program are:

• Acids and alkalis

• Aerosols

• Batteries (household)

• Engine coolants and glycols

• Fire extinguishers – non-halon (red) only

• Flammables

• Flares

• Fluorescent lamps and tubes

• Gas cylinders (small household)

• Household chemicals (e.g. cleaners)

• Paint

• Pesticides/herbicides

• Poisons/toxics

• Pool chemicals

• Smoke detectors

• Unknown chemicals (must be sealed, chemical resistant containers)

To find drop off locations near you, download the Recycle Right app and visit the ‘Find my nearest’ section. For more information about the collection scheme, visit wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/funded-programs/household-hazardous-waste/

Wasteless Pantry – changing the world, one pantry at a time.

Wasteless Pantry is all about helping you to live a fuller, yet less wasteful life, by providing you with bulk groceries, as well as home goods and reusable containers.

This is mainly achieved by adapting the way you shop to:
•    eliminate disposable packaging,
•    source food locally and sustainably,
•    be more community minded, and
•    only buying what you need.

Wasteless Pantry is set in the beautiful Perth Hills in Mundaring. The store retails bulk groceries and whole foods, dry and liquid.  This includes coffee beans, loose tea, nuts, baking goods, gluten free, organic foods, personal hygiene and cleaning basics. Also offered are a range of eco friendly reusable containers, produce bags and other products that support the zero waste ideal.

It’s truly the most rewarding way to shop!

Upcoming Verge Collections

Green Waste

City of Cockburn

Green waste collections will commence in the City of Cockburn on the 10th of April. For more information refer to recycleright.wa.gov.au/resource-recovery-calendars-2016-17 or contact 9411 3444 for more information.

City of Fremantle

Green Waste Collection will commence in the City of Fremantle on the 3rd of April. For more information refer to recycleright.wa.gov.au/resource-recovery-calendars-2016-17 or contact 9432 9999.

City of Melville

Green waste collection is underway in the City of Melville and will continue into March until the 20th of March, with the next scheduled collection commencing on the 27th of March. For more information refer to recycleright.wa.gov.au/resource-recovery-calendars-2016-17 or contact 1300 635 845.
 

Junk and Whitegoods

City of Cockburn

Junk and Whitegoods Collection is underway in the City of Cockburn, with a few areas still to be collected. Collections will run through to the 27th of March. For more information visit recycleright.wa.gov.au/resource-recovery-calendars-2016-17 or contact 9411 3444.

City of Kwinana 

Junk and Whitegoods/Metals collections in the City of Kwinana will commence on the 13th of March running through to the 10th of April. For more information refer to recycleright.wa.gov.au/resource-recovery-calendars-2016-17 or contact 1300 867 166.

Recycle Right App

Why not make Recycling Right your new year’s resolution this year? We have a great tool to help you to put the right thing in the right bin so the maximum amount of waste can be recovered as possible.

Upcoming Community Tours
 

Our next community tour is scheduled for March the 11th. See first-hand the machinery that sorts your co-mingled recycling and discover some of the alternatives to landfill.

Bookings are essential. If you’d like to organise a visit to find out what happens to your waste, please call Emma on 9256 9528 or via email tours@smrc.com.au

Would you like to join the Waste Recycling Education Network?
 

If you are interested in waste and sustainability, educating the community and making a difference, the Waste Recycling Education Network needs you!

All it takes is a few hours of your time to attend a meeting and assist with a community waste education project. Everyone is welcome to join.

The group meet on a Thursday every two months and will be involved in some exciting projects in the community in 2017. If you have any questions or would like to talk about joining, you can contact Taryn Davis at the SMRC on 9329 2700 or email tdavis@smrc.com.au

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