Re­use over refuse

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

PERTH NEXT time you con­sider throw­ing out that old pair of jeans, you might want to think again.

Aus­tralia’s big­gest garage sale event – the an­nual Garage Sale Trail – is on Oc­to­ber 24 with an em­pha­sis on en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple ev­ery­where to re­use and re­cy­cle.

Waste Au­thor­ity WA chair­man Mar­cus Geisler said it took 6813 litres of wa­ter to grow enough cot­ton for a sin­gle pair of jeans – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.

He said if peo­ple resold or re­cy­cled 367 pairs of old jeans rather than throw­ing them

face­ comm­news­group out, it would ef­fec­tively save enough wa­ter to fill an Olympic swimming pool.

“The Garage Sale Trail is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how we can ac­tu­ally re­use ma­te­rial and goods in­stead of putting it into land­fill,” Mr Geisler said.

Padbury res­i­dent Karen Thompson, who is also a quali- fied earth carer, has been in­volved with the Garage Sale Trail over a num­ber of years.

She said the day was a great op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­ni­ties to come to­gether and save a huge amount of waste.

“It’s just great for peo­ple who have things and they just want to get rid of them,” she said.

“Let’s not just throw it out in land­fill, let's make some money out of it and sell it.”

Regis­tra­tions are open for po­ten­tial garage sale hosts to­day. Log on to garage­sale for more in­for­ma­tion.


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