City of Mount Gambier will host a program of free activities as part of National Recycling Week from Monday 13 November to Sunday 19 November 2023.
The theme for National Recycling Week 2023 'What goes around, comes around' is about providing simple and actionable tips that enable Australians to keep those valuable materials in circulation, whether at home, work or school.
“This year’s campaign encourages people to think twice before sending something to landfill. A lot of what we currently send to landfill is actually valuable material that could be reused, repurposed or recycled,” City of Mount Gambier Environmental Sustainability Officer Aaron Izzard said.
Last year we saw an increase in recycling and FOGO collected through kerbside bins, which saved more than 6500 tonnes from landfill. We hope to see an even greater increase this year. - Environmental Sustainability Officer Aaron Izzard
The community is invited to participate in a range of activities throughout National Recycling Week, kicking off with a free guided tour of the Council’s waste sites, including the Waste Transfer Station, Mount Gambier ReUse Market and Caroline Landfill.
“The tour is an opportunity for residents to receive an exclusive insight into the city’s reuse, recycling and safe disposal options,” Mr Izzard said.
"Waste Tour attendees go into the draw to win a free Green Cone Solar Composter valued at $299."
The Mount Gambier Library will host a free composting workshop on Wednesday 15 November and facilitate a toy swap on Saturday 18 November.
“We know how quickly children can outgrow their toys and the toy swap is an opportunity for people to exchange a toy their child no longer uses for a pre-loved item,” City of Mount Gambier Team Leader Library Programs Kristi Brooks said.
“A token will be received for each clean toy dropped off, which will then be redeemable for a ‘new’ toy on Saturday 18 November. Items can be dropped off on the Thursday and Friday before the event.”
The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre will host the Second-hand Art and Art Supplies Market from 10:00am on Saturday 18 November at City Hall.
“We encourage anyone who might have cupboards full of old art and art supplies that are no longer used to consider booking a stall, or those who are looking to stock up on items to come along and have a look,” Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre Coordinator Talie Teakle said.
Throughout the week, the City of Mount Gambier will be launching a range of new videos on Council’s website and social media channels, and educational signage will be on display throughout the city.
For the full program of activities and booking requirements, please refer to the program below.
Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Media and Communications Coordinator Sharny McLean on 0413 798 327 or firstname.lastname@example.org