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12th November 2020

Recycling Week 2020: ‘A future beyond the bin’

This week is National Recycling Week (November 9-15), a week dedicated to providing an opportunity for the community to improve their recycling knowledge and build more sustainable habits around the home, school and workplace.

Now in its 25th year, Planet Ark have established a well-regarded annual campaign, by educating and stimulating behaviour changes through the promotion of kerbside recycling and proving the tools for responsible waste minimisation.

The theme this year is ‘Recovery – A future beyond the bin’. Planet Ark invites the community to value their resources by giving them a second life.  

Photo Credit: Planet Ark

 

Remember the term ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’? Well, you’re already halfway there! Reducing our waste limits the need for use of virgin resources and keeps valuable materials out of landfill. 

We are also benefiting our precious environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the constant need for new materials. Let’s not forget, recycling saves us money in the long run!

 

The Australasian Recycling Label 

This label is an evidence-based system for Australia and New Zealand, providing us with an easy way of understanding recycling information for varied products.

Photo Credit: RecyclingNearYou.com.au

Containers For Change 

This initiative began in Western Australia in early October, and has thankfully taken off with success in our local communities. 

There are currently 209 active refund points across the state, allowing the deposit of a range of recyclable containers. Keep an eye out for the marked 10c collection logo!

Photo Credit: Containers For Change WA

Containers for Change – Local Collection Points: 

  • Return-It Express Kalgoorlie – 80 Brookman Street – Bag drop
  • Return-it Kalgoorlie – 5 Brooks Way, West Kalgoorlie – Depot, bag drop
  • Pit Bull Services Kambalda – 36 Clianthus Road, Kambalda West – Depot, bag drop
  • Pit Bull Services Coolgardie Mobile – Lot 2236 (No. 17) Arizona Street, Coolgardie – Pop-up

For more information regarding WA’s Containers for Change Scheme, visit their website here.

 

We strongly encourage our local community to get involved, and there are a number of ways to do it!

  • Rally your workmates to collect their empties – cans, bottles, etc. Use your collective earnings to throw a party!
  • Get the kids out and about – collecting over time will raise their allowance all while beautifying nature around them.
  • Take a packed lunch and go for a wander through the bush, you’d be surprised how much trash (and possibly treasure) you might find.
  • Dedicate one moment from your week to reducing waste – it could be repurposing a container, bringing a reusable bottle to work, or even recycling something you might usually throw in the rubbish bin without thinking about.

Find out more information below:

Photo Credit: RecyclingNearYou.com.au

 

It truly is the small changes that make a big difference.

To find out more about the hard work behind the National Recycling Week initiative, visit the Planet Ark website here.  

Happy Recycling Week! Share your sustainable journey with us using the #welovekb hashtag.

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB