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May 10, 2021

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Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

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Water strategy

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The people of Mullumbimby would be aware that Byron Shire Council (BSC) intends to hand over...

Byron Bay wins season opener against Mullum Giants

  Ross Kendall The local league derby is always  and the Byron Bay Red Devils have won the first game of...

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

Editorial: The beef about meat

Firstly, let me declare an interest: I have been a vegetarian for 49 years, so tasty cow parts are not high on my agenda.

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Bec Zentveld (r) with owner Jane Crilley (l) of Suffolk Bakery who are super keen to be the first café in Byron Shire to serve coffee in the new cup. Photo by Jeff Dawson

According to Byron Shire Council’s recycling guidelines, every single takeaway coffee cup and lid, regardless of the so-called ‘recycling’ symbols placed on them, should be placed into the red-bin stream to go into landfill at Lismore. 

However, local coffee maker Zentveld’s is now using a 100% plastic-free paper cup that does not contain any linings of plastics, bioplastics (PLA) or waxes, and is, according to Bec Zentveld, recyclable ‘like paper or cardboard – you just flatten it, and put it in either the green or yellow bin. It is being tested, but it should be compostable in commercial compost within 120 days’.

The cup, made by MPM-Castaway, uses water-based inks and what they call a ‘water-based dispersion coating’ so it does not need to have a plastic lining removed for recycling. Tests according to the EN 13432 composting certificate are currently in progress.


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