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Green grants to boost recycling infrastructure

By ALLISON HORE In a joint effort the NSW and Federal governments have announced a mammoth $35 million in grants supporting the remanufacture of recyclable goods. The grants are part of the Remanufacture NSW Fund, a joint initiative between the NSW and Federal governments which was created in response to Council of Australian Governments’ ban […]

From food waste to fuel

By ALLISON HORE A food waste recycling scheme in the Inner West is transforming uneaten food into renewable energy. The food waste recycling service in Leichhardt has been operating since 2008, in 500 apartment buildings and 5,000 households. Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne, first introduced the program when he was mayor of the pre-amalgamation Leichhardt […]

Looped Festival

As we all become more aware of our impact on the environment there has been a desire by many to reduce our individual wastage and lessen our own contributions to landfill. This weekend an innovative new festival event will look to connect the environmentally conscious members of society with the change-makers who are shaking up […]

Community calls out illegal dumping

By KATE RAFFERTY Amid COVID-19 conditions and closure of op shops, illegal dumping and waste pile-up has increased in the Inner West, and locals say the issue is not getting better. “Just visibly the dumping has increased twice as much in the Inner West,” says Kieran Archee, sales employee at the Bower Reuse and Repair […]

Harbour health dead in the water

By VERONICA ANASSIS Stormwater debris from suburban gutter and land pollution are destroying Sydney Harbour, smothering marine life and creating uninhabitable areas called “dead zones,” say researchers. According to the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), they’ve found patches of harbour water where no signs of life, not even bacteria, can exist due to low […]

Return and Earn

BY JOHN MOYLE You’ve just cleaned up after the barbie and stacked all the long necks with the intention of cashing them in at the nearest Container Deposit Scheme bottle depot, except, where the hell is it? Since 1st December 2017, NSW residents have been able to return their drink containers to obtain a 10 […]

Recycling rewards Sydneysiders

BY JAZ SINGH-BRAR Two more reward based recycling machines have been placed in Wynyard and Redfern following a successful 12 month trial that collected over 75,000 plastic bottles and cans. The scheme, implemented by the City of Sydney, started with machines in Haymarket and Circular Quay, and rewarded participants not with cash but various prizes. […]

Vending machines with a twist

The concept of reverse vending machines is one that has been debated over several years by the City of Sydney Council and is now officially being trialled in Sydney’s inner city. These machines are designed to accept empty plastic bottles or cans from Sydneysiders and reward the user with a “small gift or charity donation”, […]

Randwick expands food scraps lead

  Randwick City Council has received a grant of more than $900,000 from the New South Wales Government’s Environmental Trust to expand its food scraps collection trial to an extra 30,000 homes over the next three years. The existing trial of 5000 homes has operated since January and collected more than 22 tonnes of food […]

Unhappy ending for tired tomes

Library books, as it turns out, live on borrowed time. But what happens to the books that a librarian decides are no longer worth stocking? When a concerned resident "rescued" ten boxes of disposed books from garbage bins behind Leichhardt Library, he contacted the Inner West Independent. Jefferson Lee said he was told by a […]