THIS week is National Recycling Week and the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group is encouraging people across Kyabram to make the most of it.
The week (from Monday until Sunday) was founded by Planet Ark in 1996 and this year is the 22nd of its kind to raise awareness about recycling.
Most households in the Loddon Mallee region are actively recycling in their kerbside recycle bin. So this year is a good opportunity to look at what else can be done to recycle at home.
Many may not be aware they can recycle different types of batteries at many locations throughout the region.
Use this week as a time to go through old toys, remote controls or other small electrical items, gathering spent batteries for recycling.
To find your nearest location download the Loddon Mallee Waste App and enter your address details, or look it up on the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group website.
Don’t forget about that old mobile phone sitting in your kitchen drawers either.
These can be recycled through the national campaign, Mobile Muster.
All Australia Post offices provide a free postage paid satchel to send your old phone in for recycling.
Recycled mobile phones are a valuable resource for the wide range of specialised metals they contain.
Another great Recycling Week activity is to hold a clothes swapping party.
Gather some friends and relatives together and have everyone bring along clothes you are willing to pass on.
It’s a fantastic way to add some new variety to your wardrobe. Don’t forget to bring the kids’ clothes along too. Finally, you might have a look around the house or shed to see what items you no longer have any great use for.
Why not sell them to somebody who would appreciate them more than you currently do?
There are many outlets for advertising your items. Go online and use a local Buy, Swap and Sell site to get rid of even the smallest of items and collect some extra pocket money in time for Christmas.
Toys are always popular on these sites, bought and sold so other children can enjoy what your own kids may have outgrown.
For more expensive second-hand items you might like to widen your audience of potential buyers, looking at commercial websites such as Gumtree or eBay.
Don’t forget you can also advertise in your local paper or on many community notice boards.
What better time than National Recycling Week to get involved in one of these activities and give new life to everyday items to avoid them going into landfill?