Trash turns into DIY trea­sure for oth­ers

Waipa Post - - News -

A garage sale in Cam­bridge saved nearly 15 tonnes — around 13 skip bins — of con­struc­tion waste from land fill and put it into the hands of keen DIYers.

Over 500 peo­ple at­tended The Great DIY Garage Sale, or­gan­ised by Rob May Builders and Waipa¯ District Coun­cil, rais­ing $11,000 for Cam­bridge East School.

Brand new build­ing ma­te­ri­als that were des­tined for the dump were do­nated by Waipa¯ com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing toi­lets, basins, GIB board and paint.

Coun­cil’s waste min­imi­sa­tion of­fi­cer Sally Fraser says Coun­cil was “blown away” by the suc­cess of the event which saw ev­ery­thing — “in­clud­ing a cou­ple of kitchen sinks” — be taken away and reused.

“There’s truth to the say­ing that one per­son’s trash is an­other per­son’s trea­sure and we re­ally saw that at the sale,” says Sally. “We’re in­cred­i­bly proud of the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the lo­cal build­ing in­dus­try, Coun­cil and Cam­bridge East School to not only pull off a great event, but help ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity that there are other op­tions for waste.”

Jono McCul­lough of Rob May Builders said the event iden­ti­fied a need in the com­mu­nity that could be repli­cated in towns across the coun­try.

“It’s amaz­ing to see how our lo­cal com­mu­nity took hold of this one idea. Re­think­ing how we re­cy­cle our prod­uct has ben­e­fited not just a lo­cal school but the peo­ple and fa­cil­i­ties of this beau­ti­ful town. We’re look­ing for­ward to a big­ger and bet­ter event next year,” says Jono.

Sally and Jono recog­nise the large num­ber of peo­ple who made the event pos­si­ble.

They thanked all the busi­nesses which do­nated prod­ucts, Cam­bridge East School PTA and ev­ery­one who do­nated their time. Spe­cial men­tion went to Shaw’s Wire Ropes for host­ing the event at their premises.

Prod­ucts and ser­vices were do­nated by Rob May Builders, Tree Town Kitchens, Wack­row Join­ery, Carters, Amber Nurs­eries, Sure­trade Build­ing Ser­vices, Brew­ery Join­ery, BTG Elec­tri­cal, Floor­ing Xtra, Di­mond Roofing, Laser Elec­tri­cal, Wrap­trade, Ch­esters Plumb­ing and Bath­room, Mike Stent Dec­o­ra­tors, Fletcher Sheds, Cam­bridge Glass, Bow­ers Broth­ers Con­crete, Camille Guz­zwell and Po­lice.

Left­over prod­ucts at the end of the garage sale were do­nated to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

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Glen and Steph Curin pick up a new win­dow at The Great DIY Garage Sale.

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An­gela Stock­ley and Gord Thomas nab some bar­gains.

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