Recycling - We can all get involved

Would you like to be a waste warrior in 2018 and recycle more? This site provides tools, tips and information on how to recycle more. From tips, to sustainability workshops and activities, this is the hub for all recycling information in the Shoalhaven.

Would you like to be a waste warrior in 2018 and recycle more? This site provides tools, tips and information on how to recycle more. From tips, to sustainability workshops and activities, this is the hub for all recycling information in the Shoalhaven.

  • Plastic Free July - Useful Links

    by Alison, 4 months ago
    Bannana in bag

    Here are just some interesting video and audio links on the effects of plastics:

    This video on Marine Pollution f has been created for Ocean Week but reflects on the effects of marine pollution and plastics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMlMmN45Vqc

    See the Litter – hey tosser video - http://theconversation.com/plastic-free-campaigns-dont-have-to-shock-or-shame-shoppers-are-already-on-board-98944

    ABC audio about banning plastic and comments from the senate enquiry report - http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/worldtoday/senate-inquiry-recommends-single-use-plastics-be-banned-by-2023/9915146

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/26/recycling-senate-inquiry-recommends-all-single-use-plastics-be-banned

    The Guardian on Sustainable packaging - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/27/all-australian-packaging-to-be-sustainable-by-2025-coag-agrees


    Here are just some interesting video and audio links on the effects of plastics:

    This video on Marine Pollution f has been created for Ocean Week but reflects on the effects of marine pollution and plastics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMlMmN45Vqc

    See the Litter – hey tosser video - http://theconversation.com/plastic-free-campaigns-dont-have-to-shock-or-shame-shoppers-are-already-on-board-98944

    ABC audio about banning plastic and comments from the senate enquiry report - http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/worldtoday/senate-inquiry-recommends-single-use-plastics-be-banned-by-2023/9915146

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/26/recycling-senate-inquiry-recommends-all-single-use-plastics-be-banned

    The Guardian on Sustainable packaging - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/27/all-australian-packaging-to-be-sustainable-by-2025-coag-agrees


  • Plastic Free July - War on Waste

    by Alison, 5 months ago
    Plastic free july

    The ABC show, War on Waste is coming back. Why not tune in and learn some tips during Plastic Free July.

    Learn more at http://www.abc.net.au/ourfocus/waronwaste/



    The ABC show, War on Waste is coming back. Why not tune in and learn some tips during Plastic Free July.

    Learn more at http://www.abc.net.au/ourfocus/waronwaste/



  • Plastic Free July Tip - Be a Plastic free gift giver

    by Alison, 5 months ago
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    Plastic Free July - Be a plastic-free gift giver
    • Give an experience.
    • Try a voucher
    • Donate to a charity
    • Give a book
    • Wrap gifts without plastic tape.
    • Learn the art of furoshiki (wrapping with fabric), reuse gift bags and wrapping paper
    • Make your gifts.


    Plastic Free July - Be a plastic-free gift giver
    • Give an experience.
    • Try a voucher
    • Donate to a charity
    • Give a book
    • Wrap gifts without plastic tape.
    • Learn the art of furoshiki (wrapping with fabric), reuse gift bags and wrapping paper
    • Make your gifts.


  • Plastic Free July Tip - Make Your Own Cleaning Products

    by Alison, 5 months ago
    Plastic free july
    Plastic Free July Tip - Make Your Own Cleaning Products

    There is really no need to purchase pre-packaged cleaning products. Try making your own with products.
    • All-purpose cleaner: Fill an old spray bottle with vinegar and water. 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
    • All-purpose disinfectant: Fill an old spray bottle with 3 cups of hot water, 3 teaspoons of borax and 10 drops of eucalyptus, lemon or lavender oil.
    • Clean a burnt fry pan: Fill pan with a layer of water, add 1 cup of vinegar, bring to boil. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons...

    Plastic Free July Tip - Make Your Own Cleaning Products

    There is really no need to purchase pre-packaged cleaning products. Try making your own with products.
    • All-purpose cleaner: Fill an old spray bottle with vinegar and water. 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
    • All-purpose disinfectant: Fill an old spray bottle with 3 cups of hot water, 3 teaspoons of borax and 10 drops of eucalyptus, lemon or lavender oil.
    • Clean a burnt fry pan: Fill pan with a layer of water, add 1 cup of vinegar, bring to boil. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda (note: it will fizz). Empty the pan and scourer.
    • Clean microwaves: Combine 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup water in a microwavable container. Boil mixture for 3 mins. Let it stand in microwave for 10 mins. Wipe inside of microwave with a damp cloth. Clean mirrors: Pour a little vinegar onto a scrunched up sheet of newspaper and wipe mirror. Dry with a clean sheet of newspaper. Descale your kettle: Half fill the kettle with water, drop a couple of slices of lemon and boil. Repeat once. Dry with a cloth. Fabric softener: Add one cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle. Remove rust (from tins): Rub with a peeled potato dipped in bicarb / baking soda or salt. Remove soap scum from a shower screen (1): Fill an old spray bottle with vinegar and spray the screen. Leave for 3-5 mins then wipe with a clean towel, scrubbing lightly.
    • Remove soap scum from a shower screen (2): For stubborn screen stains squeeze some homemade toothpaste onto a sponge and scrub. Soak and whiten nappies: Dissolve 1/4 cup of bicarb / baking soda in warm water. Soak overnight.
    • Wash nappies as normal. Washing dishes by hand: Add 4tbs of baking soda to the hot water. Washing dishes in dishwasher: Mix 1 cup borax, 1 cup bicarb / baking soda and 1/2 cup salt. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the "soap/tablet" compartment. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the "rinse agent" compartment.


  • Plastic Free July

    by Alison, 5 months ago
    Plastic free july

    Welcome to Plastic Free July. Council is encouraging residents to accept the Plastic Free July Challenge: attempt to consume no single-use plastic during the month of July.

    Plastic Free July highlights the use of plastic, educates the community on how to avoid plastic, the impact and how we can create a cleaner world for generations to come.

    If avoiding all single-use plastic sounds daunting, try to avoid the “big four” plastic bags, plastic lined coffee cups, plastic straws and plastic drink containers.

    Take up the Plastic Free July challenge and help us reduce landfill waste, reduce your eco footprint, protect...

    Welcome to Plastic Free July. Council is encouraging residents to accept the Plastic Free July Challenge: attempt to consume no single-use plastic during the month of July.

    Plastic Free July highlights the use of plastic, educates the community on how to avoid plastic, the impact and how we can create a cleaner world for generations to come.

    If avoiding all single-use plastic sounds daunting, try to avoid the “big four” plastic bags, plastic lined coffee cups, plastic straws and plastic drink containers.

    Take up the Plastic Free July challenge and help us reduce landfill waste, reduce your eco footprint, protect the ocean and learn about alternatives. Get some hints about plastic free July at www.plasticfreejuly.org.

  • Recycle Right - Did you Know ....

    by Alison, 11 months ago
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    Did you know:

    • It takes the same amount of energy to produce 1 aluminium can from raw materials as it does to recycle 20 aluminium cans.
    • Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for 3 hours!
    • Plastics are made from fossil fuels. Making plastic from recycled materials uses only 1/3 of the energy required to make plastic products from fossil fuels
    • Each year, Australians recycle enough steel cans to re-build the Harbour Bridge 4 times!
    • Drinking glasses cannot be put into your recycling bin. This type of toughened glass melts at a different temperature to normal...

    Did you know:

    • It takes the same amount of energy to produce 1 aluminium can from raw materials as it does to recycle 20 aluminium cans.
    • Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for 3 hours!
    • Plastics are made from fossil fuels. Making plastic from recycled materials uses only 1/3 of the energy required to make plastic products from fossil fuels
    • Each year, Australians recycle enough steel cans to re-build the Harbour Bridge 4 times!
    • Drinking glasses cannot be put into your recycling bin. This type of toughened glass melts at a different temperature to normal glass bottles and jars, therefore “spoiling” the recycling process. Please put your broken glass tumblers into your red lid garbage bin
    • Milk cartons get recycled into office paper and cardboard packaging, which can be recycled again and again.
    • When they're recycled, a single 1 litre milk carton can be turned into five sheets of high quality office paper - this makes cartons a valuable recycling commodity.
    • If all the newspapers that we recycled were bundled and laid on their side the bundles would stretch from Sydney to Perth and stick out into the ocean for 250km at each end!
    • Ink residue from the recycling process of newspapers is used to make soil conditioner
    • An average Australian household that recycles newspapers for a year can save enough electricity to power a 3 bedroom house for 5 days!
    • Over 90% of all paper packaging made in Australia is produced from recycled paper and cardboard
    • Old telephone directories are recycled into a range of products, such as kitty litter, housing insulation and cardboard products.
    • The amount of petroleum used to make one plastic bag would drive a car about 115 metres. The 6.9 billion plastic check-out bags we use every year is enough to drive a car 800 million kilometres or nearly 20,000 times around the world - 4 round trips to Sydney.
    • Plastic bag litter is lethal in the marine environment, killing at least 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles every year. When the dead animal decays, the plastic bags are freed to be re-ingested by other animals for many years to come.
    • 1 in 5 Australians put their recycling into plastic bags, causing major problems at recycling centres. Plastic bags are only recyclable at the major supermarkets. Store your plastic bags carefully and take them back to the supermarket to be recycled
    • PET plastics such as soft drink bottles are 100% recyclable and are often turned into polar fleece clothing, carpets or back into PET bottles! Did you know that one polar fleece jumper contains about 25 former PET soft drink bottles!
    • You can drop off used printer and toner cartridges in specially marked boxes at participating Officeworks Australia Post Offices and Harvey Norman stores. The recycling process recovers materials such as aluminium, steel, plastics, toner and ink, which are all made into new products.
  • Travelling Trash Troupe a Success

    by Alison, 11 months ago
    Huskisson poster

    Council Waste Services Department was thrilled to have hosted the Travelling Trash Troupe (TTT) in the Bay & Basin in February 2018. TTT is a collaboration between Boomerang Bags Headquarters, Seaside Scavenge and Plastic Pollution Solutions .

    Each organisation’s unique programs are interweaved to deliver a three-pronged approach to litter reduction and single-use plastic awareness over several days in the community. The aim is to inspire, enable and empower community collaboration through education, action and ongoing initiatives bringing lasting, positive change to the region and the environment

    From 19th to 25th February, the following events and activities were carried out...

    Council Waste Services Department was thrilled to have hosted the Travelling Trash Troupe (TTT) in the Bay & Basin in February 2018. TTT is a collaboration between Boomerang Bags Headquarters, Seaside Scavenge and Plastic Pollution Solutions .

    Each organisation’s unique programs are interweaved to deliver a three-pronged approach to litter reduction and single-use plastic awareness over several days in the community. The aim is to inspire, enable and empower community collaboration through education, action and ongoing initiatives bringing lasting, positive change to the region and the environment

    From 19th to 25th February, the following events and activities were carried out in the Bay & Basin;

    * 19th February at 7pm – Very successful Film screening of Blue at Huskisson Cinema with a lively Q & A. with Guest speakers: Mayor, Amanda Findlay; Justin Fields Greens MP as well as Scavenger extraordinaire AJ Linke; founders of Boomerang Bags: Tania Potts and Jordyn de Boer as well as Plastic Pollution Solutions’ Anthony Hill

    * 19th to 23rd February - a series of 1 hour Plastic Pollution Solutions’ in-school sessions.

    * 24th February 10am to 2pm - Seaside Scavenge at White Sands Park with live music, talks and a BB workshop facilitated by local BB groups

    * 25th February 10am to 1pm - Boomerang Bags Regional gathering for the south coast at Huskisson Hall

    Various local environmental groups also joined us at the Seaside Scavenge to participate in a very enjoyable day.

    Check out Facebook for more information.


  • Boomerang Bags

    by Alison, 11 months ago
    Boomerang bags logo tagline red cmyk

    Dont use plastic bags, try a boomerang bag

    Everyday, each of us make a choice—we choose to succumb to the throw-away convenience lifestyle of take-away coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic bags and bottles, OR, we can choose to take a step back and think consciously about what these ‘convenience’ items really mean for our oceans, beaches, parks and wildlife. Those short-term conveniences are actually a very long-term inconvenience for the future of our planet.

    Boomerang bags are made by local volunteers who get together regularly and make bags from donated and second-hand fabrics. Hand stamped with a “Borrow and Bring...

    Dont use plastic bags, try a boomerang bag

    Everyday, each of us make a choice—we choose to succumb to the throw-away convenience lifestyle of take-away coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic bags and bottles, OR, we can choose to take a step back and think consciously about what these ‘convenience’ items really mean for our oceans, beaches, parks and wildlife. Those short-term conveniences are actually a very long-term inconvenience for the future of our planet.

    Boomerang bags are made by local volunteers who get together regularly and make bags from donated and second-hand fabrics. Hand stamped with a “Borrow and Bring Back” message, which helps foster the re-use mentality, the free sustainable alternative to plastic bags is a fun way to participate in a national movement that celebrates a local grassroots initiative, community building and sustainability.

    Once made, Boomerang Bags can be placed in bag-share boxes in shops or markets where customers can ‘borrow and bring back’ if they forget to bring their own re-useable bag. Alternatively, the bags can be ‘boomerang’d’ to friends, family, colleagues, the bagless stranger in front of you at the supermarket, used to wrap presents in, or stashed in your car or handbag so that you’re never caught without a re-useable bag when you need one!

    Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit, community based initiative that works to reduce the use of single use plastic bags.

    Through Boomerang Bags we start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of re-use. One community, one needle and thread and one bag at a time!

    Read more about Boomerang Bags

    Shoalhaven City Council’s Waste Services department is keen to promote the Boomerang Bag message in our region. If you would like to know more, please contact Fiona Schreurs at Shoalhaven City Council Waste Services department on 4429 3129 or email Fiona.Schreurs@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

    Follow Boomerang Bags on Facebook

  • Take 3 from the Sea

    by Alison, 11 months ago
    Girl

    Take 3 for the Sea is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness of litter and plastic pollution in our oceans.

    It asks everyone to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or...anywhere!

    The aim of Take 3 is to reduce plastic pollution through education and participation.

    Plastic gets into the ocean in all sorts of ways but most of it comes from land. By preventing the problem in the first place, we can start to make a real impact in reducing plastic pollution.

    So let’s protect our oceans and precious marine...

    Take 3 for the Sea is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness of litter and plastic pollution in our oceans.

    It asks everyone to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or...anywhere!

    The aim of Take 3 is to reduce plastic pollution through education and participation.

    Plastic gets into the ocean in all sorts of ways but most of it comes from land. By preventing the problem in the first place, we can start to make a real impact in reducing plastic pollution.

    So let’s protect our oceans and precious marine life.

    Join with friends and make it a mindful moment of your daily or weekly routine and you’ll create a new habit that’s good for both you and the planet!

    If you want to share what you’ve collected, take a picture and upload it to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #Take3fortheSea and logging the location.

    For more information visit:

    https://www.facebook.com/take3forthesea/

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/174063436372387/


  • Recycling Tips

    by Alison, 11 months ago
    Warrier

    NO food scraps or garden waste in the recycling bin. Compost instead.

    NO plastic bags or soft plastics in the recycling bin. AVOID plastic bags by taking your own bag. Take your soft plastics to the bins at the major supermarkets

    NO black Polystyrene meat trays – put them in red lid garbage bin

    NO electronic waste or batteries in the recycling bin. Take these to the waste depot for FREE

    NO light globes or fluorescent tubes - Take these to the waste depot for FREE

    You can leave the...

    NO food scraps or garden waste in the recycling bin. Compost instead.

    NO plastic bags or soft plastics in the recycling bin. AVOID plastic bags by taking your own bag. Take your soft plastics to the bins at the major supermarkets

    NO black Polystyrene meat trays – put them in red lid garbage bin

    NO electronic waste or batteries in the recycling bin. Take these to the waste depot for FREE

    NO light globes or fluorescent tubes - Take these to the waste depot for FREE

    You can leave the lids on plastic bottles (squash the air out first and re-attach the lid)

    If you want to leave the plastic lids off, then please put the plastic lids in the garbage bin – they are too small to be captured in the recycling process if they are not attached to the plastic bottle

    Remove metal lids from glass jars and put both in the recycling bin – the magnet will pick the metal lids up and the glass will be processed separately

    Empty your bottles and containers of residue. Can use washing up water to rinse, please don’t use fresh water. Don’t waste one resource to save another.