War on waste

December 6th, 2020War on waste

A GROUP of Hepburn Shire residents has recently started their own war on waste - and they're looking for input from the wider community to collaborate and contribute across the shire's communities.

In late September, 40 people met virtually to hear from Peter Cox, who was key in starting up the very successful Bendigo social enterprise, the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop. Started in 1994, the enterprise continues to thrive today, operating self-sufficiently and profitably with over $1 million in revenue each year.

It provides 12 permanent jobs, minimises the waste that ends up in landfill – diverting more than 10,000 tonnes each year, and saves the council, and therefore the community, tens of thousands of dollars each year in waste management costs.
One of the organisers, Sebastian Klein said it was inspiring when a community came together and successfully contributed to creating the kind of world they want to be a part of.
“So, if the vision of waste reduction and reuse resonates for you, be a part of it here, where you live,” Sebastian said.
“The currently small group is inviting you to participate, as much or as little as you want. We’re keen to have diverse representation from the community because there’s many ways the community could continue on a reduce/reuse path, and we also know there’s many talented people with great ideas and lots of great initiatives already happening in our community.”
To get involved email sebastianjohnklein@gmail.com or helen@helentobias.com

Visiting the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop, from left, Ian MacBean, Sebastian Klein, Sophie Guerin, Tim Drylie, Peter Watt, Janet Mullenger-Barnard, Ross Ullman and Helen Tobias

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