The Lismore City Council has cancelled the next two Lismore Recycled Markets in preparation for a special market in November to celebrate the 15th birthday of Northern Rivers Waste.
Northern Rivers Waste is the waste operations arm of Lismore City Council, which has seen extraordinary growth over the last decade and a half to become a leader in recycling innovation.
North Rivers Waste’s birthday event coincides with National Recycling Week and Council is hosting a special open day with bus tours and competitions, a big recycled market, interactive children’s activities and much more.
To ensure lots of stallholders can be secured for the event, Council has decided to cancel the Lismore Recycled Markets on the third Saturday in September and October.
‘We would like to have a really special day with lots for families to enjoy so we decided to have a break from the market in the lead-up to the open day,’ Waste Operations Coordinator Kevin Trustum said.
‘It’s a very special occasion for us – it is hard to believe just how much we have changed in 15 years.’
Kevin explained that Lismore was once just like any other tip: there was a large hole in the ground and people would pull up and throw their rubbish in the heap.
‘These days our landfill is lined with a geosynthetic clay liner to stop any leaching of toxins, and all old landfill is capped with native vegetation – a practice Lismore City Council pioneered in NSW,’ Kevin said.
‘We have an award-winning Materials Recovery Facility, are one of the few councils that can recycle soft plastics and we crush old glass for use in local roads. These days, 80% of all our operations are powered by solar from our own rooftop solar arrays. The advances in technology and in how we think about our recycling is phenomenal. Lismore is particularly progressive in wanting to deal with what we consume in our own backyard and we have absolutely set a benchmark for other councils to follow.’
The Northern Rivers Waste 15th birthday open day is on Saturday, 19 November from 9am to 2pm at 313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore. All activities are free and everyone is welcome.