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29 October, 2020

Great Northern Clean Up & National Recycling Week

In response to local community and government feedback that the cooler months of August-October are the best time for a Clean Up north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the Great Northern Clean Up was launched in 2009.


The aim is to make sure we get as much rubbish out of our precious environment before the onset of the monsoon and cyclone seasons.

Residents can participate this Saturday as we revisit the bank of the Johnstone River adjacent to Dalrymple Park. This registered Clean Up event will begin at 9am and conclude with a COVID safe sausage sizzle at noon.

Sunday’s Zero Waste Picnic will be part two of our Zero Waste Weekend. Promoting National Recycling Week is very important to us as recycling is one of the five tenets of sustainability on which the Garden was originally founded” said JRCG President Bernard Holden.

Now in its 25th year, Planet Ark's National Recycling Week (Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 2020) provides an important opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to improve their recycling knowledge, build better recycling habits and build trust in recycling.

This established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:

• Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives

• Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

This year's theme is 'Recovery - A future beyond the bin'. We invite you to value your resources, giving them a second life by reducing virgin resource use, reusing and recycling. Reducing our waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill it also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our need for new materials. Reducing and reusing can also save you money at home and in the workplace.” Said Bernard

Free activities at the Zero Waste Picnic will include a CCRC Compost Workshop & waste management display, MAMS container exchange information, fibre weaving with Okka Wikka, Soft plastics, cartridge and mobile phone muster. Darlingia Forest School & Tangaroa Blue Children’s Activities and Nature Play, along with Forage, Fibre and Garden tours.

Refreshments will be available throughout the event with a Garden Harvest Lunch served at noon.

The JRCG can be accessed via the Diverse Learning Centre entrance to the Innisfail State College off Flying Fish point Road.

For more information on any upcoming Johnstone River Community Gardens events, like our fb page, enquire atjrcgardens.inc@gmail.com , visit our website www.johnstonerivercommunitygardens.org or contact JRCG Inc President Bernard Holden directly on 0403 523 244.

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