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National Recycling Week 2021

National Recycling Week 2021
02 November 2021

City of Mount Gambier Environmental Sustainability Officer Aaron Izzard with Library Assistant Susan Briffa who will run the ‘Waste Not!’ upcycling workshop as part of National Recycling Week.
Aaron Izzard and Susan Briffa
City of Mount Gambier Environmental Sustainability Officer Aaron Izzard with Library Assistant Susan Briffa who will run the ‘Waste Not!’ upcycling workshop as part of National Recycling Week.

Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week is being held from 8 to 14 November 2021 and City of Mount Gambier is joining the campaign. Activities designed to encourage the community to reduce waste and recycle right will be on offer throughout the week, ranging from recycling tours, late night op shopping, educational webinar, upcycling workshops and papermaking classes.

Council invites the community to participate in the activities on offer which aim to demonstrate the value of various resources by giving them a second life through reuse and recycling.

Reducing our waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill, it also benefits the environment by reducing our need for new materials. Reducing and reusing can also save you money at home and in the workplace. - City of Mount Gambier Environmental Sustainability Officer Aaron Izzard

The program of activities will kick off on Monday 8 November with a tour of two local plastic recycling operations, Tenison Woods College Precious Plastics Program and Ecoplas, located at the Waste Transfer Station.

In addition, local waste reduction advocate Trudy-Anne Doyle has organised the ‘Late Night Op Shopping’ event on Tuesday 9 November from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, followed by an open day on Wednesday 10 November at the Mount Gambier ReUse Market from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

“Make a start on your Christmas shopping at local op shops and make 2021 an eco-friendly Christmas - buy your Kris Kringle gifts, presents, decorations, table napery and even summer clothes,” Mr Izzard said.

Mount Gambier Library will host a free ‘Waste Not!’ upcycling workshop on Thursday 11 November at 10:30am. Participants can watch and learn as Library staff demonstrate how to make unique gift ideas with items usually destined for landfill, the compost or recycling bin including body scrubs, bunting, planter boxes and more.

“I’m excited to help residents reduce their impact on the environment through teaching residents to upcycle for re-use items usually destined for the bin,” Mount Gambier Library Assistant and upcycling enthusiast Susan Briffa said.

To finish off the week, The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre is hosting papermaking workshops on Saturday 13 November with local artist Chrissy Pudney for both children and adults.

“Chrissy will introduce children to the basic method of making paper using recycled products, encouraging them to experiment with colour and decoration, while in the afternoon she will run a class for adults,” Mr Izzard said.

For the full program of activities and booking requirements, please contact Aaron Izzard at Council on 8721 2555 or refer to the program below.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Ashlea Watson on 08 8721 2577 or awatson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

Recycling Week Program Cover