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Garage sales back community needs

12/10/2016 - 11:50


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A national initiative that promotes sustainability and community collaboration will return to the streets of Western Australia on October 22. 

Garage sales back community needs
One of of the sales from last year's event

A national initiative that promotes sustainability and community collaboration will return to the streets of Western Australia on October 22.

The Garage Sale Trail is in its sixth year, and aims to reduce waste and connect communities across the country.

The trail last year exhibited about 3 million items at 13,000 garage sales nationwide.

So far, 873 garage sales have been registered in WA for the 2016 campaign – the second largest participating state behind NSW.

“Last year, 63 per cent of Garage Sale Trail participants said they felt more connected to their local community after the event,” founder Andrew Valder said.

The initiative’s national partner, Men’s Shed, which targets male wellbeing and health, will raise money to improve its facilities by selling handmade wares and repurposed items at sites across the country.

WA locations this year include the Busselton, Manning, Gingin, Hoothills and Serpentine-Jarrahdale sheds.

“Men’s Shed aims to promote good health through being productive and contributing to the community,” chief executive David Helmers said.

“Participating in the Garage Sale Trail is a great opportunity for our members to fundraise and connect with the people around them.”

Other WA registered sellers promoting the day as a fundraising platform include Princess Margaret Hospital, a Bedford outfit assisting the Kasisi Children’s Orphanage in Africa, and the Town of Cottesloe, which will donate its sale’s proceeds to Cancer Support WA.

 WA Waste Authority chariman Marcus Geisler said the Garage Sale Trail was an effective way of diverting waste from landill.

"It not only ensures a lot of perfectly good items are reused through the event itself, but also raises general awareness and drives long-term behavioural change," Mr Geisler said. 

"This is the most important outcome as the only way to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and improve the state's diversion rates is to encourage everyone to adopt smarter waste management practices."

Last year the national event diverted enough items to fill 100 kilometres of shopping trolleys. 

According to Mr Geisler the toal waste generated per capita in Western Australia in 2014-15 was 2.4 tonnes, of which 1.4 tonnes per capita was sent to landfill.

Municipal solid waste, or household waste, accounted for 630kg of this total, where 420kg was sent to landfill. 

"In 2014-15, WA diverted 2.6 million tonnes from landfill, up from 2 million tonnes in 2010-11, which shows that we are heading in the right direction... however, there is a lot more we can do," he said.  


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