Recycling to build a better world

November 13, 2017

Volunteer: Leanne Glenn spends her spare time up-cycling donations which are then sold at the Murray River Tea Rooms and the CLRS Op Shop.Leanne is an all round volunteer who loves recycling and reuse.

TODAY marks the beginning of National Recycling Week and Community Living and Respite Services is urging the Echuca-Moama community to get involved.

In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling.

Now in its 22nd year, the annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

CLRS is having specials all week at both the Op Shop at 4 Percy St, Echuca and the Murray River Tea Rooms in Moama.

‘‘CLRS promotes recycling because of the positive impacts on the environment,’’ chief executive Suzanna Barry said.

‘‘I think most people understand we all need to do our part to minimise our environmental impact to ensure the lifestyles of future generations are not compromised.

‘‘It’s fantastic to see our local community is recognising the many benefits of re-use.’’

Ms Barry said this was evident by the quality and quantity of donations of clothing and household items they receive.

‘‘This contributes to keeping unnecessary items out of land fill,’’ she said.

‘‘CLRS commitment to sustainability over recent years has included replacing fluorescent lighting in our offices with energy efficient LED lighting, installing solar panels and most recently including a battery storage system in the Opening Doors Project.’’

The CLRS board recently agreed that CLRS would take the Victorian Government’s TAKE2 pledge.

‘‘We are in the process of identifying the small actions that we can take that collectively will make a difference,’’ Ms Barry said.

‘‘The Take2 Pledge is an initiative led by the Victorian government to reduce emissions and keep the global temperature rise to under two degrees.

‘‘Examples of easy to implement changes that make a difference include slight adjustments to heating and cooling settings, using the cold water setting on washing machines, doing energy assessments and providing training. Minimising waste is not only good for the environment, it makes good business sense.

‘‘The more efficient we are, the more services that can be provided to our community.’’

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