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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

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Interview with Steve Earle

Steve Earle is not a fluffball of peace, light and unicorns, though he wears his heart on his sleeve – and his jacket and his jeans. It can get messy. And at 68 his work isn’t getting any fluffier. Husband to six wives (one twice-married) and with three sons (his firstborn, Justin Towns Earle, died tragically in 2020), telling it like it is, both personally and professionally makes his work some of the most important in modern music history – Seven recently spoke to Steve at home in New York about life and his preparations for Bluesfest.

Lismore trial of recycled crushed glass in concrete

A trial to use recycled crushed glass in concrete as a replacement for sand will be taking place in Lismore at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre.

Protesters stop logging at Doubleduke

The latest in a series of actions to save trees and habitat, native forest logging has been halted this morning by protests in Doubleduke state forest, between Grafton and Casino.

Tamara Smith promises CCTV for Ballina CBD

Greens Ballina MP Tamara Smith says that if re-elected next month she is committed to funding CCTV cameras to help police combat a worsening crime situation in Ballina's CBD.

It’s not the fossils, it’s the fools 

Humans have been muddling along in cities for around twelve thousand years, says Wikipedia, although if you count using an alphabet of some kind as the criterion of civilisation, the time span drops to a mere fifty centuries.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.

Australia’s recycling rate has increased from 7 per cent to 60 per cent since the event started in 1996 – that’s a great reason to celebrate.

National Recycling Week was founded by Planet Ark 25 years ago, the week highlights the environmental benefits of reuse and recycling programs while making participation enjoyable and easy through community events and programs.

The dates for National Recycling Week in 2021 are Monday 8 to Sunday 14 November 2021.

Planet Ark is asking Australians to join them in celebrating the big two five by getting involved in new recycling and reuse activities.

Austalia’s recycling gone from 1.5 million to over 43 million tonnes

Since 1996, the recycling rate in Australia has gone from just 1.5 million total tonnes recycled to over 43 million tonnes of materials recycled. Australians have gone from recycling just 80kg of material each per year, to now about 1,700kg per person.

This year National Recycling Week is evolving by bringing reuse into focus through initiatives such as the Save Our Furniture competition, which aims to inspire people to get creative and upcycle old and used furniture into new unique pieces rather than sending it to landfill.

Repairing, repurposing and reusing items are higher in the waste hierarchy as they have the potential to produce greater environmental benefits than recycling, with all being important to National Recycling Week and the Australian circular economy.

Celine Dion, Mel Gibson and kerbside recycling

Planet Ark co-CEO, Rebecca Gilling, said that during November of 1996 Celine Dion had the number one single in Australia. ‘Mel Gibson was starring in the number one film and Australian kerbside recycling was in its infancy; a lot has changed since then culturally and in recycling.

‘Our research shows Australians overwhelmingly agree that recycling is the right thing to do and is good for the environment and we hope to see these attitudes translate into positive action.’

New research from Planet Ark this year found Australians are becoming more educated about items that cause recycling contamination issues, including soft plastics, bagged recyclables and clothing. Nearly 1.5 million more Australians know to keep soft plastics out of the recycling bin in 2021 compared to 2019, while just under a million more Australians know bagged recyclables and clothing do not get recycled through kerbside services.

Individuals, workplaces, schools and councils can recycle

National Recycling Week provides an important platform for individuals, workplaces, schools and councils to improve their recycling knowledge, develop better recycling habits and build trust in recycling. Founded in 1996 by Planet Ark, the campaign provides recycling-themed events, guides, educational activities and numerous other resources that aim to empower Australians take recycling into their own hands at home, work and school.

The dates for National Recycling Week in 2021 are Monday 8 to Sunday 14 November 2021.

From the Schools Recycle Right Challenge and workplace recycling trivia to furniture upcycling, council waste events and much more, there is something in National Recycling Week for all Australians. To learn more or join countless other Australians getting involved in National Recycling Week, visit: nationalrecyclingweek.com.au.


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