Warrane’s waste warriors

Did you know you can drop off hard-to-recycle items like blister packs, milk bottle lids and oral care items, like toothpaste tubes, at the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre?

Alongside this new recycling initiative, the centre has set up compost bins to reduce food waste from their weekly meal programs, and they also host a regular repair cafe.

“About 12 months ago the first Eastside Repair Cafe was held at the centre, with support from Clarence Climate Action,” co-ordinator Katie Kristensen said.

“It started with a groundswell of interest from waste-aware people in the community, keen to see broken and holey items rescued from landfill.

“We just hosted our tenth cafe and repaired 29.4kgs of items – our best cafe so far.”

Volunteers share their skills and fix items such as small furniture, toys, clothing, bags, bikes and books for free. The repair cafe is held every six weeks, and everyone is welcome. The next one is on 1 July, from 2-4pm.

“The repair cafe was kicked off with funding from Clarence City Council Community Grants Program,” Katie said.

“With some of that seed money and some generous donations from repair cafe attendees, we were able to purchase some TerraCycle bins to bolster the neighborhood center’s sustainability initiatives.”

Now you can drop your used blister packs, oral care items, and milk bottle lids in the Terracycle bins during the centre’s opening hours and at the repair cafe. The bins are located in the little library space.

“We are keen to provide easy ways for the centre’s volunteers and the community to reduce waste, alongside all the great programs and events that the centre offers,” Katie said.

Find more information on Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Center at wmnc.org.au

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