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Educating for recovery

Long term environmental protection requires more than just resource recovery, it also requires cultural change.

Australia has more than 500 active landfills, and hundreds more which are closed and require remediation. The vast majority of these landfills are owned by local government, meaning that in many cases, the long-term burden of remediating these sites falls to the communities in which they operate.

Cleanaway launches mobile app

The application includes bin collection days, education resources and an option to book services such as skip bins.

The free app, which can be downloaded from the App Store on iTunes or the Google Play store, lets anyone find information about their local waste collection services, such as what can and can’t be recycled.

Dave Aardsma, Executive General Manager of Sales and Marketing, explains the app will allow for anyone to key in their postcode and set up bin collection reminders no matter where they live in Australia.

'Recycling is for drunks, addicts and babushkas' - inside Russia's mafia-dominated waste industry

In Russia, recycling comes with a sense of shame, writes acamedic The ConversationMinna Halme.

Most Europeans take pride in recycling. A good citizen separates glass from plastics, biowaste from metal cans and brags about it to their friends. Recycling helps soothe some of the anxiety driven by endless consumption.

WLRM education strategy now available

The NSW EPA has released a draft waste education strategy designed to support Waste Less Recycle More (WLRM).

Developed with assistance from the UTS Centre for Sustainable Futures and a Local Government Education Reference Group, the draft strategy sets out the educational opportunities and direction for the programs delivered under the $465.7 million WLRM initiative.

Melbourne residents jump at GreenMoney

The City of Melbourne has successfully rolled out the GreenMoney program, which is pushing forward with the digitalisation of recycling education.

The software platform developed by GreenMoney and it’s founder David Catalovski provides residents with redeemable vouchers at local businesses in exchange for improved recycling behaviours.

Love Food, Hate Waste back and bigger

Grants totalling $350,000 are available to educators as part of the NSW EPA's latest Love Food, Hate Waste rollout.

Funding between $5,000 and $70,000 is available for projects that provide households or businesses with simple actions they can take to prevent food from being wasted.

Under the first round of the program, grant applications ranged from running workshops, pop up events and performances to creating education resource materials for ongoing promotion of behavioural change.

Getting your sustainability message across

Those who work to promote sustainability know it takes a lot more than just communicating the issues in order to influence engagement and behaviour change.

However, in order for people to develop an awareness of the challenges and possible solutions, at some point we need to talk to them, through a variety of media and methods of communication.

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