What else can be re­cy­cled in your home?

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

THIS week is Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week and the Lod­don Mallee Waste and Re­source Re­cov­ery Group is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple across Kyabram to make the most of it.

The week (from Mon­day un­til Sun­day) was founded by Planet Ark in 1996 and this year is the 22nd of its kind to raise aware­ness about re­cy­cling.

Most house­holds in the Lod­don Mallee re­gion are ac­tively re­cy­cling in their kerb­side re­cy­cle bin. So this year is a good op­por­tu­nity to look at what else can be done to re­cy­cle at home.

Many may not be aware they can re­cy­cle dif­fer­ent types of bat­ter­ies at many lo­ca­tions through­out the re­gion.

Use this week as a time to go through old toys, re­mote con­trols or other small elec­tri­cal items, gath­er­ing spent bat­ter­ies for re­cy­cling.

To find your near­est lo­ca­tion down­load the Lod­don Mallee Waste App and en­ter your ad­dress de­tails, or look it up on the Lod­don Mallee Waste and Re­source Re­cov­ery Group web­site.

Don’t for­get about that old mo­bile phone sit­ting in your kitchen draw­ers ei­ther.

These can be re­cy­cled through the na­tional cam­paign, Mo­bile Muster.

All Aus­tralia Post of­fices pro­vide a free postage paid satchel to send your old phone in for re­cy­cling.

Re­cy­cled mo­bile phones are a valu­able re­source for the wide range of spe­cialised me­tals they con­tain.

An­other great Re­cy­cling Week ac­tiv­ity is to hold a clothes swap­ping party.

Gather some friends and rel­a­tives to­gether and have every­one bring along clothes you are will­ing to pass on.

It’s a fan­tas­tic way to add some new va­ri­ety to your wardrobe. Don’t for­get to bring the kids’ clothes along too. Fi­nally, you might have a look around the house or shed to see what items you no longer have any great use for.

Why not sell them to some­body who would ap­pre­ci­ate them more than you cur­rently do?

There are many out­lets for ad­ver­tis­ing your items. Go on­line and use a lo­cal Buy, Swap and Sell site to get rid of even the small­est of items and col­lect some ex­tra pocket money in time for Christ­mas.

Toys are al­ways pop­u­lar on these sites, bought and sold so other chil­dren can en­joy what your own kids may have out­grown.

For more ex­pen­sive sec­ond-hand items you might like to widen your au­di­ence of po­ten­tial buy­ers, look­ing at com­mer­cial web­sites such as Gumtree or eBay.

Don’t for­get you can also ad­ver­tise in your lo­cal pa­per or on many com­mu­nity no­tice boards.

What bet­ter time than Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week to get in­volved in one of these ac­tiv­i­ties and give new life to ev­ery­day items to avoid them go­ing into land­fill?

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