News from Western Earth Carers (WMRC)
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Earth Carers News:

Great work by latest Earth Carers Course graduates!

We love the way the Earth Carers Course leads to so many waste reduction activities, large and small, and the latest graduates are already doing some extraordinary things. Just from what we've heard so far these include:

  • campaigning for a supermarket to reduce the amount of packaging on their fresh fruit,
  • discovering just how many uses there are for bicarb around the house,
  • putting the bin out every second week instead of every week,
  • investigating ways to ensure a new landfill in a developing country is well-designed
  • taking on coordinating the much-loved low-waste Mosman Park EcoFair at St Luke's well as helping us out at community events, using our games to reach a whole new group of people and many things we haven't heard about yet.  Brilliant work, all of you!

- Next Earth Carers Course - 
Tell your friends, workmates and families!  
The next Earth Carers course will start 17th February and run for 3 Wednesday evenings and two Saturday mornings.  Program here.  Registration form here - Word or PDF. More information here. Email us here.
Fest-Hive fun
Our bee-themed Christmas event was buzzing!  All past Earth Carers Course graduates were invited and enjoyed hands on demonstrations of making beeswax moisturiser and sandwich wraps.  Instructions here in case you missed out.  We also shared a yummy low waste meal, heard from the WMRC chairman and were entertained with live music. This event is our way of saying a big thank you to our volunteers who help out in so many ways through the year!
Battery Schools charging ahead
Thanks to the Post Newspaper we had a front page spot for our cute Freshwater Bay Primary School kids and a very small part of their battery collection!  The school has collected the equivalent of 18 AA batteries per student through 2015. Rosalie Primary School also put in yet another energised effort.  These two schools accounted for 45% of the 529kg of batteries collected this year in our school battery bins! In total our battery bins have saved over 876 kg batteries from landfill this year
About Earth Carers

Earth Carers do awesome events and programs like Plastic Free JulyBring One Get One TreeLess is More Festival,.  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, come to special events and have a great time with Full Lives and Empty Bins!
A very happy low waste Christmas to all of you from all of us!

There are plenty of hints and tips online to decrease the waste produced at this time of year.  Here are a few we have found for you....
Planet Ark
Give Now
Rebecca is a champion!
Rebecca's tireless work on taking Plastic Free July from an idea to a growing global movement was recognised when she was awarded WA Waste Champion 2015 in the Infinity Awards. CONGRATULATIONS!
Water Stations Workout
Our water stations have been booked for community events the length and breadth of our area!  If you have a community event coming up in our member councils' area then please get in touch - we're always happy when they are out and about helping people avoid plastic water bottles!
Recycling Station Moves
While the new Bunnings in Claremont gets everything sorted out after their move, we have moved their recycling station to Bunnings in Homebase, Subiaco.  We hope to have a new station at Bunnings, Claremont when we have some budget for one.  In the meantime we have put one of our yellow battery bins in Bunnings Claremont.  Recycling station locations now:
  • Bunnings Subiaco
  • Bunnings Cottesloe
  • Claremont Aquatic Centre
  • Lords Recreation Centre
  • Subiaco Library
  • UWA Refectory
Battery bins are at all council offices and in libraries. 
Some of the graduates of the last Earth Carers Course are taking the reins organising the next Mosman Park EcoFair at St Luke's.  If you'd like to contact them to offer help, you can email them by clicking here.
City of Stirling - Living Green Grants
For those of you who hail from the City of Stirling - there is a great Living Green Grant opportunity.  Click here
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