A tip of the hat to waste sta­tion shop

Hills Gazette - - GREEN THUMB -

THE old adage that one man’s trash is an­other man’s treasure is alive and well thanks to a re­use shop at the Mathieson Road Waste Trans­fer Sta­tion in Chidlow that has cel­e­brated its first year of op­er­a­tion.

The pur­pose-built sea con­tainer, known as Grab n Go @ Mathieson, gives res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to re­cy­cle house­hold items and help them­selves to any­thing for free for which they may have a use.

Mathieson Road Trans­fer Sta­tion team leader Neil said there were some heart-warm­ing finds for res­i­dents.

“Re­cently an older mar­ried cou­ple came to the sta­tion and said their doc­tor had told them to pur­chase an ex­er­cise bike,” he said. “They asked if we had any work­ing ex­er­cise bikes at the Grab n Go shop and fun­nily enough – and luck­ily for them – an ex­er­cise bike had been dropped off only the day be­fore and in great con­di­tion.

“The cou­ple was ec­static and re­turned home with a good-as-new ex­er­cise bike free of charge.

“On an­other oc­ca­sion, a man found a box of vin­tage tools.

“He asked staff whether he could take a cou­ple home, so we told him he was wel­come to take the whole box. He was thrilled and said the tools were ex­actly the same as the ones his dad used to have.

“So what had orig­i­nally been some­one’s ‘throw­away’ brought back sen­ti­men­tal mem­o­ries for some­one else.”

With the Shire of Mun­dar­ing’s an­nual bulk rub­bish col­lec­tion un­der way, Shire Pres­i­dent David Lavell said it was a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to re­con­sider whether some items orig­i­nally des­tined for the tip could be sal­vaged be­fore go­ing to land­fill.

“Think of all the nat­u­ral re­sources used to cre­ate ev­ery­day items that we use around the home, and all the en­ergy and ef­fort that has gone into mak­ing these things,” he said.

“In­stead of wast­ing these re­sources in land­fill once we have fin­ished us­ing them, we can re­think our rub­bish and choose to re­use, up­cy­cle and re­cy­cle.”

EMRC em­ployee Neil says there’s a range of in­ter­est­ing items at the tip shop.

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