Get on the sales trail
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.garagesaletrail.com.au.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 22.
Trash to treasure: Waste Authority WA chairman Marcus Geisler says garage sales are a great way to recycle.