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RTRL staff members Clancie Flick and Taryn Kelly join Samala Heart, Waste Education Officer at Ballina Council to show off the new reusable party kits. Photo supplied.

Ballina Shire Council and Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries have joined forces to offer reusable kids’ party kits, as part of their ongoing commitment to reduce single use items across the shire.

The kits are available for loan to library members at Alstonville, Ballina, and Lennox Head libraries.

Each kit consists of a drinks jug, tablecloth and a set of bowls, plates, cups, and cutlery to serve twelve people, which are made from recycled plastic.

Council’s Waste Education Officer, Samala Heart, says parties can generate a lot of waste.

‘A public bin audit showed that on weekends, some of our park bins can be sadly clogged with single-use partyware’, explained Ms Heart.

‘Switching to reusables reduces a party’s carbon footprint as well as waste going to landfill. The new kits provide a fun and colourful way to participate in a circular economy.’

Libraries supporting sustainability

‘The reusable party kits will support parents to model cost-effective sustainable practices to their children,’ said Ballina Librarian Taryn Kelly.

‘With twelve colours, they also allow for each child to colour match their partyware, ensuring simple yet achievable hygiene.’

Loaning a party kit is cheaper than buying disposables and after each loan the equipment is returned to be used by other community members. All recycled plastic items are dishwasher safe.

For more information, contact your local library branch or check availability of the party kits via the online library catalogue.

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