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Waste and Resource Recovery Policy: Open for comment

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 1st, 2012

From the Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy

The Victorian Coalition Government is asking Victorians to help shape the future of waste minimization efforts, ensuring less material goes to landfill and increasing recycling rates.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith [has] unveiled the Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy for community comment. The policy is designed to help transform the state’s waste management system by setting a long term vision for waste management and resource recovery in Victoria, along with a range of actions to be undertaken over the next 10 years.

“While Victorians are recycling more than ever before, the state?s increased population and the growth in discarded consumer items has seen annual waste generation grow from eight million tonnes in 2000 to around 12.1 million tonnes in 2011,” Mr Smith said. “We want to prevent more waste going into landfill so the environment doesn?t keep paying the price for our consumption.” Mr Smith said based on evidence over the past decade, Victoria’s growing population rate and waste generation trends could, if not tackled, see a 45 per cent increase in waste generation over the next 10 years.

“The priority now is to put in place strong and positive measures to reduce waste and increase recycling,” Mr Smith said. “We must do more to focus our recycling and resource recovery efforts on the materials where there is a strong market demand. “We don’t just want to keep material out of landfill, we want to make sure that something productive is done with it so that it doesn’t become waste in the first place. A strong market based operation will help us achieve that goal,” Mr Smith said. “Our draft policy represents an opportunity to drive further significant and positive environmental reform and demonstrates that we will be doing things differently.

Comments are invited until 23 November 2012.


Buy Nothing New Month: October

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 22nd, 2011

Source: Ethical Consumer Group

Why Buy Nothing New? Buy Nothing New is not about going without, nor is it Buy Nothing New Never. It’s about taking October to reassess what we really need, think about where the stuff we buy comes from (finite resources), where it goes (landfill), and what our alternatives are. It is about conscientious consumption and by not spending on stuff we don’t need, increasing our savings for the things we do need.

Pledge to Buy Nothing New during October and challenge over-consumption. You’ll have more time on your hands and money in your pockets.

Secondhand Books Online: Brotherhood Books

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on September 21st, 2011

Brotherhood Books is a Social Enterprise from the Brotherhood of St Laurence and is intended to encourage the recycling of high quality books and to contribute funds to the Brotherhood’s charitable operations. Over the last 10 years, we have received in excess of 45 tonnes of donated books, and the collection continues to grow. Books are sorted and cleaned, then sold through the Brotherhood Books website and delivered to your doorstep. However if you love to browse the shelves, our books are also available in the Brotherhood Community Stores around Victoria. For locations please click here.

Brotherhood Books also works with other like-minded charities, including our most recent partner, St Luke’s of Bendigo. St Luke’s is regional Victoria’s largest not-for-profit welfare agency. Working in rural and regional communities, St Luke’s aim is to help people to make positive changes and contribute to their communities. With sites throughout the Loddon Mallee and southern New South Wales, St Luke’s staff of over 360 works with children, their families and communities to bring hope and create opportunities for development and improvement. 100% of the profits from Brotherhood Books’ collection go towards the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s work in helping disadvantaged people build better lives. Click here for more about the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

The Repair Workshops

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 10th, 2011

30 July , 2011
10:00 amto5:00 pm
31 July , 2011
10:00 amto5:00 pm
Source: Ecoinnovators 

The Repair Workshops

Unsure what to do with that broken stereo? Those one-armed sunglasses, or that conked-out iPod? Well it’s time to clean out your cupboards, get creative and do your bit for the environment at the same time. Register for a free repair session at the exciting Repair Workshops, part of this year’s State of Design Festival in July.

The Repair Workshops is a creative, interactive exploration into the idea of repair. Guided by professional artists, designers and engineers, people are invited to bring along broken items to repair and re-imagine.

The project aims to reveal why so many products are not designed to last, and help us to recover the lost art of repair.

Mountains of broken objects have already been saved from landfill to be repaired and re-imagined by our inhouse repair experts: Dylan Martorell, Lizzy Sampson, Tim Denshire-Key, Yvette King, Will Campbell, Scott Mitchell, Dr Gregory Crocetti and Jason Bond. We’ll spend a few days tinkering away behind locked doors before we open up to the public on the 30th and 31st July. Their weird and wonderful creations will be exhibited and auctioned off during the festival, with all proceeds going to Environment Victoria.

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July 2011
Basement of the historic Donkeywheel House, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free!
Opening times: 10am–5pm both days

Register to repair:

Garage Sale Trail 2011

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 31st, 2011

10 April , 2011

What if all the garage sales in your area were held on the same day? You could plan your route and visit heaps of different sales easily – maybe even with a bike and a trailer.


The Garage Sale Trail is about sustainability, community and fun. By getting people together to turn their old stuff into someone else’s new stuff, the day not only proves that second hand items can still have value, it keeps rubbish off the street, removes clutter from cupboards, stops a bunch of new things being brought into the world (along with the environmental impact that creates) and gives everyone good reason to meet the neighbours and have a good natter at the same time.

The Garage Sale Trail is on Sunday April 10 all around Australia – check out the map to see sales in your area or add your own.  The site also has a free app to let you navigate easily on the day using your phone.