17 April 2019

Getting an Email

I know many of you go into this blog quite regularly. If it is easier you can look to the right of the screen and there is a box that says Follow  by Email. If you subscribe to this Google will send you an email every time I update the blog. I cannot obtain these addresses so I will not know who you are. This way you never have to miss an update.

Council's response to recycling

Visy Cardboard

Council have now signed a contract with VISY Paper to accept and sort Council's waste that goes  to recycling. You may find the following video clips of interest.

The corporate video is designed to give employees, customers and the wider community and insight into the world of Visy, as it explores our business capabilities and proves why we are leaders in the industry.

Corporate video - https://www.visy.com.au/recycling/about/

The education video provides a more detailed explanation of the different material types that can and cannot be recycled through the Visy sorting system   

Did you watch the 60 minutes story on recycling?

HERE IS THE INDUSTRIES RESPONSE.Image result for recycling dumped in landfill

Australia’s recycling industry is concerned that Sunday’s 60 Minutes program didn’t paint the full picture of Australia’s recycling efforts and didn’t highlight the industry’s contribution of some 50,000 jobs and $15 billion in value, with real potential for more benefits.

The report included: a false claim that much of Australia’s plastic waste is being disposed of incorrectly in south-east Asia; didn’t sufficiently highlight recycling’s many upsides, and; should not discourage the vast majority of Australians who regularly recycle to keep doing so because their efforts matter.

Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) CEO, Peter Shmigel, said: “Australian recycling is highly successful, despite some ill-conceived claims in the broadcast. In fact, up to 90 per cent of material collected for recycling is made into new products.”

Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association (WMRR) of Australia CEO, Gayle Sloan, said: “Australia’s industry is aiming to get even better through investment, innovation and community education to build a stronger domestic recycling system, and is therefore advocating a new labelling scheme for community confidence.”

National Waste & Recycling Industry Council CEO, Rose Read, said: “The community votes in favour of recycling through its very strong participation. We encourage householders to continue to separate and sort their recycling correctly to reduce contamination and realise the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.”

According to the National Waste Report 2018 undertaken by the Commonwealth Government, plastic exports from Australia decreased last year by 25 per cent.

It also found that:

Australians generated 67 million tonnes of waste (including 13 million from kerbside collections)
37 million tonnes of waste was recycled (5 million from kerbside collections)
33 million tonnes of the recycling was undertaken in Australia
4 million tonnes of material was exported from Australia for recycling (over 50% being metal)
It is estimated that between 10 and 15 per cent of kerbside recycling cannot be recycled because it is contaminated with nappies, soft plastics, garden hoses, bricks and batteries.

A claim was made by 60 Minutes that 71,000 tonnes of recyclable plastic was exported to Malaysia.

“If the claim that all these materials are not being properly processed is accurate, this is very concerning, as there are also legitimate processors in Malaysia. 71,000 tonnes represents less than 2 per cent of the 4 million tonnes of what is actually exported and less than 0.2 per cent of the 37 million collected for recycling,” Mr Shmigel added.

“The community want and support kerbside recycling. With better support from all levels of Government, the waste management sector is well-placed to achieve better recycling outcomes,” added Tony Khoury from Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA).

The local recycling industry, which employs more than 50,000 Australians and generates up to $15 billion in value, is currently making some of the most advanced recycling investments in the world in response to the impacts of restrictions across Asia, including high-tech infrastructure to improve sorting and processing to produce high quality materials from recovered waste from households, businesses and construction sites.

Recycling groups including the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR), Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA), Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) and National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) have been urging greater investment, regulatory reform and policy support from Governments.

A recent Reachtel survey commissioned by ACOR found that almost 93 per cent of people said reducing waste and recycling products into new products is important to them and 87 per cent supported increasing recycling and reducing landfill by processing food and garden material from rubbish bins into useful products.

“There is not a shred of doubt that the industry wants to see maximum resource recovery. Our local industry is investing heavily and working collaboratively to upgrade local processing capacity which in the past were, to some extent, built to meet China’s previous specifications,” added Ms Sloan.

“We need a Made with Australian Recycled Content label which will do two key things – empower the community to take action and ownership of the materials they consume and incentivise manufacturers and brand owners to include recycled content in their packaging and products. This will create new markets for recycled materials and ensure a sustainable future for kerbside recycling, local resource recovery, and remanufacturing. Developing any industry is a collaborative effort and one that takes time. As we move forward, the industry is seeking leadership from all levels of Government.”

13 April 2019

We Need Your Wool

Wool donations needed

We Need Your Wool

The Unley Crochet Crew intend to share some love and warmth through the community this winter. They are kicking off their Winter Warmers charity drive in May by making winter wearables for donation to local charities. If you have wool you would like to donate to the cause please drop it into the Unley Civic Library.

Proposed fence: Page Park

AS many of you are aware the prospect of dogs running onto the tennis courts while players are on the court has become an issue. Council has suggested the above solution. Your thoughts please?

Unley Night Markets

The Unley Night Markets previously held at the Target car park will be relocating to the Village Green for a summer series of events designed to utilise this great space and bring vibrancy to the Unley Central precinct.

The market operators are really excited about expanding their offering to utilise the green space by adding children’s activities such as a petting zoo, bouncy castle etc which were not possible at the car park location. The events will run from 5:30pm-10pm once a month on Friday evenings and will offer delicious street eats, market stalls and live entertainment.  Kick back, relax and grab a glass of wine from the pop-up bar, enjoy the atmosphere of the market with friends and family. Unley Night Market will feature up to 50 handmade market stalls and will provide family entertainment such as bouncy castles, traveling farm, roaming entertainers, live music and dance performances for all ages to enjoy. The market will be operated by Alex from Market 2 Market who is an experienced market operator and I have no doubt that she will deliver a high quality events program.

The markets will run from October to April with the following dates proposed:

• 18th October
• 15th November
• 20th December (Christmas Market)
• 17th January
• 25th January (Australia Day long weekend special market)
• 21st February
• 20th March
• 17th April (kids themed night market for school holidays)

11 April 2019

Fish Tank winners

On Thursday 4th April 2019, the Fish Tank Pitch Night was held in the Unley Town Hall. Thank you to those who were able to attend.

Fish Tank 2019 was an exciting program designed to engage, support, celebrate and invest in the young people of Unley. One of the key objectives of the City of Unley’s Living Young Action Plan 2018 – 2021 is to ‘Engage and Enhance Leadership in young people’. This is facilitated by enabling the development of business and entrepreneurship capacity in young people as well as providing linkages between young people and local business networks

Please join me in congratulating our winners;

12 – 17 year category

1st prize
Pitch title: Offolio Zon
Aria Bradley, Lucy Seppelt, Parnia Hatami & Adem Yelegin
A phone case for iPhones that has inbuilt solar panels. A charger in the case that connects to the phone and charges it. An app which allows you to control when you would like to use the stored power. A convenient way of using renewable energy.

2nd prize
Pitch title: Living on the Edge
Anannya Kapoor & Elise Westrich
Blank walls in Unley will be filled with murals of sorts, however, they will be made of air purifying plants. The murals will consist of plant pots which add up to be a colourful design on the wall. Plants such as areca palms which have high air purifying qualities will help cleanse the air and make Unley brighter.

18 – 25 year category

1st prize
Pitch title: Local Threads
James Adcock & Kenji Ireland
Local Threads is an online website dedicated to giving small Australian clothing brands a platform to sell their unseen fashion.

2nd prize
Pitch title: Lycan Soap
Charlie Stone
Hand-made medicinal soap and shampoo bars for both people and animals. Concept involves maintaining a low eco-impact and providing products that feel good and are good for you and your pets. Key selling factors associated with the soaps are their versatility; they’re great for skin and hair, with medicinal benefits including assisting people who suffer chemical sensitivity from many mainstream soaps.

We were delighted to have so many enthusiastic and supportive sponsors on board this year - a huge thank you to Business SA, Rotary Club of Unley and The Gift Specialist on Unley Road.

Please click here - https://youtu.be/H8V7_Th0gpA to view the promotional video,.