Sort Don’t Trash the Rubbish

Boomerang Bags

The sorting of waste at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market is an ongoing challenge and our volunteers are doing an outstanding job at making sure our rubbish does not get trashed. This week we are joined by a Year 8 textiles class who are doing something about plastic bags.

Harvest Launceston welcomes the Scotch Oakburn College textile students who have taken a stand agains plastic bags and joined the Boomerang Bag community.Textiles teacher Lucy Laino explains that the purpose was to build upon basic sewing skills while also helping to limit the amount of plastic bags in the community and educate people on plastic and the alternatives.

“We watched ‘Bag it’ and then set about seeking donations of material from the community to create our bags. By getting involved, we are participating in a global movement, celebrating a grassroots initiative that focuses on community building and sustainability.”

Join the class at Harvest Launceston this Saturday, and for a donation get a bag for your vegies and assist this innovative sewing  team in reducing plastic waste.  All donations will go to Tangaroa Blue, an Australian Marine Debris Initiative.

Refuse, reuse and recycle have become catchwords but with the introduction of FOGO bins and composting at Harvest it has become clear there is lots of confusion about what waste goes where.

For national recycling week, Planet Ark commissioned research that showed the most common mistakes made by households was contamination of recycling bins with food and soft plastics.

Soft plastics, from silver lined chip and biscuit packets, cereal bags, bread bags and frozen food bags to furniture wrapping, bubble wrap, parcel sachets and carrier bags contaminate recycling bins which means the load will go to landfill. Soft plastics clog up machines at sorting facilities and require intensive hand sorting. Instead sort your rubbish and remember soft plastics can be dropped into the REDcycle bin at your local Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.

The other big no no relates to food scraps and organic waste on recyclable material. With the introduction by the Launceston City Council of FOGO waste collections, contaminated recyclables such as cardboard pizza boxes with oil on them can now be successfully diverted away from landfill and into their commercial composting facility.

With regard to plastic bags, refuse, reuse and support the local Boomerang Bags movement. Boomerang Bags is a grass roots community driven initiative that started in 2013 in Burleigh Heads Queensland. As an initiator of conversations, Boomerang Bags has spread to 860 communities globally by connecting volunteers from all walks of life, using recycled materials and working towards “a more sustainable revolution of re-use – one community, needle and threat at a time!”

To make sure we do not trash our recycling and composting efforts follow the links below for further information on what to recycle and where: