WHAT'S ON IN THE BARWON REGION...
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2nd Hand Saturday movie released
Watch the YouTube clip to find out that getting rid of unwanted household goods for free couldn't be easier! A series of 2nd Hand Saturday events held around Geelong in early 2012
provided an opportunity for the community to discard of unwanted electrical goods, furniture, bric-a-brac and clothing for free, while reducing the amount of waste to landfill. 2nd Hand Saturdays are a Barwon Regional Waste Management Group initiative, delivered in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong.
2nd Hand Saturday drop days aimed at increasing the recycling of second hand goods
is an initiative of the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group and the City of Greater Geelong that is running in 3 locations around Geelong over the coming weeks.
It is a FREE event and an important opportunity for residents to drop off and recycle their unwanted goods, therefore avoiding landfill. Visit the 2nd Hand Saturday website to find out drop days, locations and accepted goods.
On Farm GOSIP project broadcast to the masses
December 2011 - On Farm GOSIP (garden soil improvement project) is an exciting new project investigating the viability of transporting 30,000 tonnes of city-collected organic material to farms to be transformed into a soil improver. Details of the project have been broadcast to the Barwon region via radio and you can hear the adverts here: advert 1, advert 2 and advert 3.
Don't Waste It campaign hits the Airwaves -
Thanks to Alcoa
December 2011 - Thanks to the Alcoa Foundation's Don't Waste It Recycle It project, Barwon RWMG is rolling out public recycling facilities in the region. The project has hit the airwaves with a campaign to inform thousands of residents across Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast that they can now not only recycle at home and at work - but also at play. Listen to to the ad here.
On the way to zero waste
24 November 2011
A new composting machine that aims to reduce the amount of untreated waste sent to landfill is being trialled at Barwon Health’s McKellar Centre.
Known as the Closed Loop Organics Unit CLO100, the machine was installed earlier last month and will initially be supported by the Department of Health and Sustainability Victoria.
At the conclusion of the trial, a case study will be developed by project partners Barwon Regional Waste Management Group.
Throughout the day, food and organic waste is added to the unit - including dairy, meat, fish, poultry, egg shells and liquids. Read more...
WMAA Pam Keating Award Nominations Open
July 2011 - Nominations for the 2011 WMAA Pam Keating Award have opened. The award each year recognises a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the environment industry in Victoria, awarding a $1500 prize. Applications for the 2011 prize close on 31st August. read more... or download the Terms of Reference and Nomination Form here...
Reclaiming our respect for food through “tapping into the best in people”: A feasibility study into food harvesting in the Barwon region
June 2011 - Between March and May 2011, the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group commissioned a food harvesting feasibility study. The purpose of the study was to explore whether food, which is left over in hospitality and food retail sector businesses, could be rescued and donated to clients of local welfare agencies.
Many of these clients are food insecure, so if a system could be developed it would be a means of transferring food wealth and reducing food waste to landfill in the region. The study identified where there is food available to harvest in the Barwon region.
It also established the demand for this food amongst welfare agencies in the region. Finally, we looked at possible business models for food harvesting which considered the logistics, packaging and training requirements of the region.
The study was completed by a sustainability studies graduate, on a work experience basis. read more...
Region Wins Innovation in Sustainability Award
July 2010 - The Barwon Regional Waste Management Group won the inaugural Enviro 2010 Innovation in Sustainability Award for its initiative in developing a sustainable Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Recycling Program within the region in partnership with GDP Industries. read more or watch more
Western Vic PPR Project Launched
June 2010- Venues across the Surf Coast and Geelong regions will have a new way to collect waste and increase recycling rate, thanks to a partnership between Sustainability Victoria, the Alcoa Foundation and the BRWMG. read more
Colac Otway Adopt Best Practice Bin System
March 2010- Colac Otway Shire Council will move to a three-bin waste system following the awarding of Council’s waste contract. read more
Barwon- Too Lovely To Litter
March 2010 -
Barwon land managers are joining together to implement the litter campaign " Too Lovely To Litter" read more.
Saudi Delegates Visit Barwon
Feb 2010 - The Barwon region was honoured to host a visit from a delegate of officials from the Regional State of Al Hasa read more.
Plasback Launched in the Barwon Region
Feb 2010 -A silage wrap recycling program has been launched in Colac providing farmers with a cost effective solution to silage waste read more.
Minister Jennings finds afterlife for Polystyrene
Oct 09-Minister Jennings visited Geelong for a special celebration of the successful Expanded Polystyrene recycling project. read more.
'Get It Sorted' Campaign Launched in Barwon
Oct 09-The new Resource Recovery Centre education campaign Get It Sorted has been launched in the Barwon Region. read more.
Alcoa Turns Waste Into Gold
Aug 09-Alcoa has taken its waste management to a new level, achieving Gold status on its re-certification with the Sustainability Victoria Waste Wise program.
SKM Wins Regional Materials Recovery Contract
July 09-Using optical sorting technology to separate colored glass, the new facility will use many
smart recycling techniques to handle all residential kerbside packaging
BlinkyBulb Solution to Mercury Issue
June 09- Residents can now recycle their used fluoro light globes through an innovative trader collection point project.
New Project Targets Roadside Litter Bugs
May 09- Roadside litter campaign trial involving 16 local traders achieves a 70% reduction in roadside litter.
Supporting Business Resilience & Sustainability
Feb 09- A survey has been conducted to identify how businesses can be best supported and assisted. read more.
Organics Study to Benefit Manufacturing
Feb 09- A study to identify organic waste suitable for the regions new AWT facility has commenced in the Barwon Region. read more.
Art of Sustainability Festival
Oct 08- A festival with a difference was held in Geelong during Children’s Week and National Water Week, Oct 18-26. read more.
Educating For Sustainability
Oct 08- Apollo Bay P-12 College has received Waste Wise Certification through Barwon Regional Waste Management Group. read more.
New Central Geelong Study 'towards zero waste'
Oct 08- A study to further reduce waste and increase recycling & reuse of waste materials within Central Geelong has been launched read more.
Regional Councils Leaders in Waste Processing
Sept 08-The Barwon Region has accepted tenders that will determine waste management in the region for the next 20 years read more...
Onsite Clean Site Workshop Held
Sept 08-A workshop providing builders with information and advice on how to reduce the environmental impacts from their sites read more...
New Regional Byteback Sites Open
July 08-Byteback, the free computer take-back program has opened sites in Drysdale and Anglesea read more...
Fyansford Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre
July 08-Fyansford waste disposal & recycling centre has welcomed a new era of resource recovery read more...
Cats Fans get the Right Thing in the Right Bin
June 08- Skilled Stadium have implemented a best practice public recycling system read more...
Recycled Organics Project Launch
June 08- Member for South Barwon Michael Crutchfield launches the recycled organics project read more...
Expanded Polystyrene Recycling Project
May 08- Expanded Polystyrene recycling service now available for Geelong businesses read more...
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