NATIONAL Recycling Week 2017 is from Monday, November 13 to Sunday, November 19 but, of course, it's always good to encourage recycling at any time of the year. There are many ways to donate, trade and exchange, to give your unwanted items a new home, or to get new things that don't cost the earth. Some of the ways you can get into good recycling habits are:
Exchanging: Charity op shops can resell your unwanted items, with the profits going towards the charity's aims. Remember to ask them what types of items they accept.
Re-use and recycling events: This a fun way to reduce, reuse or recycle. They help to get people motivated together, have a good time and meet other people in their community. Recycling and re-use events can be held between a group of friends or work colleagues, schools or neighbourhood areas.
Swap parties: Hold a party with a group of friends, at your work or publicly to swap certain items, from clothes to toys, DVDs to sports equipment. Planet Ark's Swap Guide makes it easy to host your own party. Visit the Swap Party Guide page for more information.
Second Hand Saturday: Neighbourhood-wide garage sales organised for the same day, often arranged by the local council. You could arrange one for your street.
No Waste Wednesday: This is a day at work or school where you all minimize the waste you discard from lunch. Bring re-usable containers and recycle cans and bottles.
Buying and Selling: There are many easy options to buy and sell your pre-loved goods from a local to wider level. Listings can be placed in your local classifieds or in a plethora of commercial or community websites.
The Trading Post facilitates to buy, sell and trade for new and used products as a newspaper and website: TradingPost.com.au.
Gumtree.com.au is a network and listings site available for many cities in Australia.
eBay is an online auction and vendor marketplace for local or global purchases.
For more info: recycling week.planetark.org.