Council waste operations manager Wes Knight is among council staff looking for alternatives to dumping rubbish in landfill tips.
Council waste operations manager Wes Knight is among council staff looking for alternatives to dumping rubbish in landfill tips. John Gass

Scheme to turn rubbish to cash

TWEED councillors are to consider spending $10,000 to promote garage sales under a scheme aimed at reducing rubbish dumped at tips.

They have been invited by a company called Garage Sale Trail to join with other councils across Australia in the national launch of the “Garage Sale Trail” in April.

The scheme, which would co-ordinate garage sales at homes throughout the participating council areas, aims to “reduce waste to landfill and promote recycling by providing an alternative to disposing of unwanted items”.

Homeowners would be given a free “participant pack” including promotional material and asked to contribute 10 per cent of their earnings to an affiliated not-for-profit organisation such as Keep Australia Beautiful.

Council staff have told councillors the organiser is seeking a $10,000 cash “investment” from participating councils and “undefined resources” such as promotion.

In return, participating councils would be entitled to creative artwork and media releases.

But the staff have recommended councillors decline the offer and instead investigate alternative programs, including one run by Planet Ark, which has no cost to councils.

“Planet Ark encourages councils to participate in a ‘Big Aussie Swap’ program which coincides with National Recycling Week each year,” they said in a report to be considered at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“The concept is for residents to bring unwanted goods to a central location, exchange the goods for tokens, and the tokens are then swapped for items brought by other residents.

“There is no cost to participating councils, and Planet Ark provides ready-to-use artwork and media templates, in addition to a national media campaign.”



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