Campaign to reduce waste hits world stage
FROM Bondi Beach to Big Ben, the Garage Sale Trail has come a long way from its small beginnings.
Now in its fifth year, the country’s largest community and sustainability campaign was launched in the UK on September 26.
The councils of Brighton and Hove, Hackney and Todmorden got involved in the bid to the help reduce waste and combat illegal dumping in the UK.
“Taking Garage Sale Trail global is something we’ve always wanted to do,” founder Darryl Nichols said.
“There was a full-scale English manor, World War II artefacts and memorabilia that were found in a forgotten bunker.”
Mr Nichols said winning an International Green Award in 2012 was a stepping stone for the UK launch.
“It opened doors in a lot of places that you think you would never find yourself talking about garage sales,” he said.
Australia’s turn is next, with more than 400,000 people expected to hit the streets on Saturday, October 24.
“There will be over 10,000 garage sales happening across Australia on the big day,” Mr Nichols said.
“You can log on to the website and create your list of items that you want to check out on the day.”
Mr Nichols credited the community and the support of organisations like NewsLocal and councils across Sydney for helping to turn a small-scale event into a national success.
“The success of the day depends on the people who participate,” Mr Nichols said.
Garage Sale Trail founders Andrew Valder and Darryl Nichols in front of Big Ben at the 2015 UK launch.