Get on the sales trail

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THINK­ING about throw­ing that old piece of fur­ni­ture on to the bulk rub­bish pile?

Try sell­ing it in the an­nual Garage Sale Trail in­stead – it could make you some money and help the en­vi­ron­ment as well.

The pop­u­lar event, which gives res­i­dents a unique chance to hold si­mul­ta­ne­ous garage sales in Oc­to­ber and do their bit for the en­vi­ron­ment, will be launched this week. It is be­ing held for the sixth year run­ning.

Last year’s event saw about three mil­lion items on sale at about 13,000 garage sales across the coun­try.

Founder An­drew Valder said it was per­fect for bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

“Hold­ing a garage sale and get­ting to know your neighbours means that you’re con­tribut­ing to a con­nected com­mu­nity that’s health­ier, hap­pier and even more pros­per­ous,” he said.

Waste Author­ity WA chair­man Mar­cus Geisler said West Aus­tralians pro­duced around six mil­lion tonnes of waste a year, which trans­lated to about 2.4 tonnes of waste per per­son.

He said ob­jects that peo­ple had around the house that they no longer needed could still have a life with some­one else.

“Once it’s on the kerb­side and it’s in the pile that goes to land­fill, no one looks at it any­more,” he said.

“It just goes into the truck, it gets crushed and it gets buried for­ever.”

Res­i­dents can reg­is­ter from Au­gust 10 by vis­it­ing www.garage­sale­

The event will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 22.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d457651

Trash to trea­sure: Waste Author­ity WA chair­man Mar­cus Geisler says garage sales are a great way to re­cy­cle.

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