Cam­paign to re­duce waste hits world stage

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for a garage sale go to garage­sale­trail.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: LUCY DAWKINS

Garage Sale Trail founders An­drew Valder and Dar­ryl Ni­chols in front of Big Ben at the 2015 UK launch.

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