Monday 7 – Sunday 13 November is National Recycling Week (NRW). Planet Ark founded NRW in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. We are promoting National Recycling Week in the Library through our Blog What’s your Dewey (http://bit.ly/2fGVwzl if you missed it last week) and this week our Tech Savvy post will feature e-waste. We will also feature recycling in our Displays and our Craft-it! and Storytime sessions Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning respectively.
What are you doing for National Recycling Week? To get some ideas from the official National Recycling Week website, click here: http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/about/
Here are some of the recycling initiatives we do here in Gawler?
- Collection point for old mobile phones and used batteries.
- Power Mates to check power usage in your home are available for loan.
- Newspapers and Magazines for loan – better than buying!
- Children’s craft activities using recycled material.
- Information and Resources to give you recycling ideas.
- Green kitchen waste bins available from our offices – a Town of Gawler/ NAWMA initiative.
- Town of Gawler staff cycle between sites during the summer season as part of the Bikes People Places Project.
- Purchase and use of electric/hybrid vehicles in the staff fleet.
- All Town of Gawler sites undertake weekly recycling.
- As part of the Gawler Going Green Project the Town of Gawler has provided access to the Community Energy Efficiency Program YouTube video which you can view here: https://youtu.be/F-q5Itnt7ts
- The Gawler Regional Natural Resource Centre has many resources and information to support sustainability, culminating in the Sustainability Festival each year.
- Gawler has many organisations that accept and on-sell pre-loved items. They include the Gawler Community House, Salvation Army Stores, the Uniting Church Shopfront, Vinnies, RSPCA and LifeLine.
- Regular Swap Meets are held in the community (the largest, the Gawler Auto Swap Meet, is usually held in September of each year).
- Australia Post Gawler and Gawler Country Office National accept used printer cartridges.
- Two of Gawler’s big supermarkets Coles and Woolworths now provide REDcycle bins for depositing all plastics that can be ‘scrunched up into a ball’. This plastic, which was not previously recycled, is now made into outdoor furniture. Find out more from this link: http://redcycle.net.au/redcycle/
There are many ways you can participate, not just during National Recycling Week but also throughout the year. If you want to locate recycling opportunities near you, follow this link: http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/