I am honoured to be part of this outstanding team of Coalition Senators
Farewell to the RAAF Orions after many years of faithful service
Last Friday I was excited to visit Pinnacle College in Elizabeth East to announce their application for funding for a new multipurpose hall had been approved. The Australian Government will provide funding through the Capital Grants Project. It is important that our classrooms have modern facilities now and in the future. I congratulate Pinnacle College for their successful grant application.
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Day 5 tip: Waste – use organic waste for compost in your garden. This helps to avoid the build-up of food waste in landfill at the local tip.
• Check out great apps like ShareWaste which can help you manage your food waste. It will help you to connect with your neighbours who want to recycle kitchen scraps into composting, worm farming or chicken feed.
• Try having an ‘eat me first’ shelf in your fridge. That way you will throw out less food and save money. The average Australian family throws out up to $3,800 worth of food per year!
• If you compost your organic waste, you will not only be stopping garden and food waste from ending up in landfill which causes harmful emissions, you will be creating more nutrients for your garden. That’s great for the soil and you!
• If you live in an apartment think about having a worm farm on your balcony or an under-the-counter compost bin for your food scraps.
• Check out your local area to see if there are any community gardens close by. You might be able to drop off your food scraps for their compost.
• Check with your local or state government to see how you can get rid of your organic waste. Some areas have green waste bins for each home, or you can drop it off at a local collection point.
Day 4 tip: Reduce – buy a ‘keep-cup’ or a ‘reusable straw’. Ditch your foam, plastic or paper cups and straws and buy a reusable one instead.
- Try using a 'keep cup'; Australians drink more than 50,000 cups of coffee every half hour.
- By saying no to using disposable coffee cups you will be making a difference. Disposable cups are a cost burden on our waste management services and our environment. They fill up landfills and produce harmful emissions.
- You can recycle your coffee cups through Simply Cups. It’s Australia's first coffee cup recycling program helping businesses and schools to close the loop on disposed coffee cups.
- Try to avoid using single use foam and plastic products that can’t be recycled in most kerbside recycling bins.
- Did you know that one billion disposable coffee cups are used by Australians each year? Why not take your own cup or ask your local café or takeaway to consider biodegradable alternatives to single use foam or plastic cups?
- Swap plastic straws for a reusable straw instead. That way you can help reduce marine debris and plastic waste. Keep a reusable straw in your bag or car for when you go out to a restaurant or cafe.
Day 3 Tip
Return - use your local container deposit scheme to return and earn. Build your pocket money reserves and get the whole household involved.
• Did you know you could get money in return for recycling marked bottles, cans and containers? Check with your state government for details on your local container deposit scheme.
• You might be able to raise money for your school or a charity by recycling cans and bottles.
• Check your local container deposit scheme requirements. Some need to scan bar codes while others prefer crushed cans.
• Using your local container deposit schemes means that you are reducing litter and lowering clean-up costs for local councils.
National Recycling Week Campaign Day 2 tip: Reuse - make a habit of using reusable bags instead of plastic bags.
• Make sure you remember your reusable bags by keeping them somewhere convenient, like your car, workplace or handbag.
• Why not leave your reusable bags in your car and use them when you go shopping. You could help reduce the millions of plastic bags used by Australians every day.
• Ask yourself “do I really need this plastic bag?” Why not refuse and use a reusable bag helping to keep plastic out of our oceans. Up to eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year.
• By using reusable bags you’re helping the environment. Plastic bags are linked to a range of environmental impacts and are a life-threatening risk for wildlife, and marine creatures.
• Consider using alternatives to plastic bags like cardboard boxes from your local supermarket to carry your shopping home.