National Recycling Week: 7 – 13 November

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 (  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.

nrw-web-headerWhat are you doing for National Recycling Week?  To get some ideas from the official National Recycling Week website, click here:

Here are some of the recycling initiatives we do here in Gawler?

growingplayingleaningIn the Library:

  • 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.

Town of Gawler:

  • 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:

In the Gawler Community:

  • 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:

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:

Happy Recycling!


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