National Recycling Week

National Recycling Week is here! At Coastal Protection Core we are passionate about reducing waste, especially rubbish ending up in landfill, oceans and waterways, endangering wildlife. So, with National Recycling Week upon us, what better time than to share some helpful hints and tips with our audience and spread the word, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle!

National Recycling Week was first introduced by Planet Ark in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. This highly successful annual campaign is now in the 23rd year and is still developing new ways of completing its targets.

To learn more about the official campaign, contact the hotline on 1300 733 712 or head over to; where you can test your recycling know how in the ‘Recycle Right Quiz’, discover ways to get involved with your office, school or at home or even search for local community events that you can join. This year the campaign has a program that schools can get involved with, called ‘Schools Recycle Right Challenge’ setting the framework for a lifelong understanding of the environmental benefits of recycling. This engaging program provides free access for schools to activity guides, lesson plans and even school event ideas to assist student understanding of the importance of recycling.

We believe that collaboration and education are the key to creating a more sustainable environment! With this in mind and National Recycling Week upon us, CPC founder Mathew Davis took to the studio with representatives from local businesses and organisations to find out how they reduce-reuse-recycle or general day to day advice on how to reduce waste that can potentially harm the environment. Discussions with Corrine Mullholland, Simon from AlgaEnviro, Howard from Green Street/NACC Sustainability/Samford Commmons, Les Barkla from Pristine Peninsula, Adam from White Brick Brewery and Geoff and Lexie from Flock Eatery, we’ve pooled our knowledge on recycling and sustainability and events happening around the Moreton bay region, in a series of short interviews you can find here;

As you know, Coastal Protection Core and our members support a variety of non-profit organisations across the globe doing amazing things for our oceans. Leading up to National Recycling Week we got in touch with our friends at Gili Eco Trust in the Gili Islands, Indonesia and asked them about their Reduce-Reuse-Recycle hints and tips so we can share them with you.  Here’s a layout of their new plan to reduce waste in their region called, “Get Wasted”.

The waste situation in the area is clearly a growing problem and Gili Eco Trust sent us some of their eye-opening images to demonstrate the severity! While this plan is for a specific area, the message and potential impact is one that should be heard globally.

Source: Gili Eco Trust

The organisation will be working in collaboration with Waste4Change, Eco Bali Recycling and Green Generation to deliver a FREE 3 day event in which everyone will be encouraged to engage in activities to learn the different types of rubbish and what to do with them to prevent them ending up in landfill, for instance, organic waste going to compost facilities. The overall aim is to become a Zero Waste Community and live sustainably. A goal that we should all aim for.

Globally we are drowning in unnecessary waste and this ‘Get Wasted’ initiative goes hand in hand with our National Recycling Week and many other awareness events across the globe, with the aim of both educating people on waste and recycling and making smarter purchase choices to reduce the waste that will ultimately end up harming our environment.

A very important aspect in reducing waste ending up in landfill, or worse, in our oceans, is knowledge! Do you know what can and can’t be recycled? Do you reuse or repurpose waste to give it new life? There are so many ways we can make a difference starting in our own homes, how creative can you get?

Source: Gili Eco Trust

Source: Gili Eco Trust

For more information about the Gili Eco Trust projects, along with many other waste removal projects across the globe, check out the Coastal Protection Core key supported ‘Causes’ at;

Happy Recycling!

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