News for the Earth Carers community -  making good waste practices normal in the Western Suburbs
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Happy New Year! As we embark on a new year what better time than to prioritise what is important to you. We all share greener values but how many of us find we are too busy? If you think you could do a little bit more and waste a bit less now is the time to make a plan and put it into action. Why not get that compost bin started, or do a donation drive with friends and family so that your unwanted goods get reused rather than go to landfill? It’s amazing how things that are often simple to do can lead to a BIG impact.
So what else are we up to in our mission to make good waste practices normal in the Western Suburbs? Read on... And some other news...

FREE Twilight Movie Screening - The True Cost

Don’t forget our special twilight movie screening of ‘The True Cost’ is on this Friday 20 January. The movie will shed some light on the impact the global clothing industry has on people and the planet. There will also be an opportunity for people to upcycle their fashion with a ‘clothes swap’ being held prior to the film. So mark it in your calendars - When: Friday 20th January with clothes swap starting at 6.30pm and movie screening at approximately 7.30pm (depending on sunset).
Where: Lawns in front of Wearne House (40 Marine Parade, Cottesloe)
This is a no waste event so please remember to bring your own everything!


Celebrate Australia Day

Join the celebration of Australia Day. On 26 January 2017, the Town of Cottesloe will host the annual Australia Day celebrations on behalf of the Town of Cottesloe, Town of Mosman Park and the Shire of Peppermint Grove. Citizenship Ceremonies and the Citizen of the Year Awards will be held followed by a free barbeque breakfast for the whole family. The team will be there on the day to assist in making it a low waste event. For more information email or phone 9285 5000.
When: 8am Thusday 26 January, 2016
Where: Cottesloe Civic Centre Grounds, 109 Broome St, Cottesloe

Less is More Festival - 1st April 2017

The date has been set and planning is well underway for the annual Less is More Festival which will kick off in 2017 on the 1st April. The free family friendly event will be held at the Grove Library and feature an array of workshops and presentations all aimed at bringing the community together for a day of skill-sharing and inspiration. If you would like to get involved in planning the festival please contact us. Free events such as this one could not continue without our amazing Earth Carer volunteers.

H2O to go at your next event

Did you know more than half of all plastic bottles end up as litter or landfill? Avoid single use plastic and hire our H2O to Go portable water bottle refill stations at your next community event. The stations are available to western suburbs councils, schools and community groups to borrow. All you need is a garden tap. The stations provide free filtered water, reduce litter and encourage people to bring reuseable water bottles when heading out and about. Visit Earth Carers to find out more.

Save the date - Earth Carers Course

Planning is well underway for our next Earth Carers course in 2017. The course gives participants the opportunity to  learn vital skills which you can use to decrease waste in your home. Earth Carers also have the ability to join in an array of activites being run across the Westen Suburbs.
When: May 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th and 24th
Where: Venue tbc
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Make New and Mend!

Is one of your New Year Resolutions to improve your craft or sewing skills? If so check out Make New and Mend – a community group for all ages and genders who come together with their hooks, needles, pins, yarns and recycled textiles.
When: Every Saturday 1.15pm – 3pm
Where: Council Rooms, Grove Library and Community Centre
Corner of Leake Street and Stirling Highway, Peppermint Grove
For more information contact Lesley Thomas on 0431 050 831 or

Zero Waste Picnic Ideas

Picnics are a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and nature around this time of year! While enjoying the great outdoors be mindful of our impact on the environment. Avoid single use plastic by packing reusable plates, cups, utensils and water bottles. Remember a waste free picnic means nothing from your outing ends up in landfill and all leftover materials are reused, recycled or composted. Once you finish your picnic be sure to respect your surroundings and leave no trace.

Earth Carers in Action

Meet Susan Pestana – an active Claremont resident who completed the Earth Carers course three years ago. Susan shares her story on how she is getting people to live with less waste.
Susan has been a passionate recycler all her life but when she retired she decided to collect donations from friends however she never would have anticipated the overwhelming response.
“It started out as let's see if I can make a difference as I was frustrated seeing so many good useable items being disposed of and ending up in landfill.”
Susan has rescued more than 9000 kilograms of unwanted items ranging from clothing, bags and shoes to jewellery, spectacles and mobiles.
“My ultimate goal is to stop quality goods or clothing ending up in landfill and give them to those in need, everyone can do their bit to reduce waste.”
“If we all started a conversation with our friends and family and tried to find homes for our unwanted goods you’d be surprised just how easy it is.”
The goods collected by Susan have been distributed to charities in Kenya as well as locally and have accompanied her when visiting third world countries.
About WMRC Waste Educators and Earth Carers

We work to make good waste practices normal in the Western Suburbs.  This includes events and programs like Plastic Free JulyLess is More Festival, and the Earth Carers Course.  We provide bins for batteries, globes and other tricky things.  

Once you have completed an Earth Carers Course you can join our Earth Carers Volunteers who help us with all of these and more.
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