Councils across NSW are calling for governments to get serious about recycling.
The call, from the NSW Local Government Association (NSWLGA), comes in National Recycling Week, which runs from November 11 to 15.
The Association's president Linda Scott said the week underlined the need to create an economy where waste is seen as a product, not a problem.
"National Recycling Week highlights the willingness of local communities to get behind recycling efforts, with a range of events organised across the country to promote more effective resource recovery," Cr Scott said.
"We all recognise the urgent need to manage our own waste and recycling here in Australia.
"That urgency is exacerbated as we move towards full bans on certain recyclables that were previously sold overseas. We need to reduce waste overall, and to create local markets for local recyclables."
Waste to Art
Meanwhile, Goulburn Mulwaree Council is taking a creative approach to waste this week.
There is an exhibition in the Caroline Chisholm Courtyard called Waste to Art.
The exhibition runs from 10am to 3pm each day and features artworks created by local primary school students out of recycled materials, in collaboration with Goulburn artists Bill and Jo Dorman.
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery education officer Sally O'Neil said all the works have been created using 'upcycling' principles.
Upcycling is reusing waste to create something more interesting or useful or beautiful than the original object.
"The artworks were made in response to topical environmental issues identified by the school students," Ms O'Neill said.
"The project has been developed to initiate classroom discussions on recycling practices, particularly in relation to 'upcycling' waste and contemporary art practice."
It involves Bill and Jo Dorman, Goulburn West Public School, Bradfordville Public School, Goulburn South Public, School Marulan Public School and Wollondilly Public School.
If school groups, or others, wish to visit the exhibition to learn more about the project and upcycling processes from waste and contemporary art perspectives, they should contact Ms O'Neill at the gallery on 4823 4494.
Meanwhile, Endeavour Industries Goulburn is gearing up for another challenging year ahead with a new Board of Management.
At Endeavour's recent annual general meeting, Chair Geoff Kettle said the improvements in the organisation's infrastructure and financial position was dramatically different from the situation when he took over early last year.
He attributed the improvements to a revamped Board of Management and the dedication and commitment of Endeavour's managers, led by General Manager Sonya White.
Other members of the board include CEO and owner of Divall's Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage Andy Divall and former Australian Financial Review senior editor Mark Fenton-Jones. Others are Bill Brodie, Howard Kneebone, Alistair Stewart and Cr Peter Walker.
"Our biggest challenge at the moment is to replace our ageing boiler and commercial washer that underpins the employment of 22 disabled people in our commercial laundry and ironing business," Mr Kettle said.
It is estimated to cost about $150,000 to install.
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