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National Recycling Week 2019

From 11 to 17 November, National Recycling Week and Cumberland Council staff will be at shopping centres across Cumberland throughout the week to increase awareness of how to recycling right and improve recycling at home.

Planet Ark's website for National Recycling Week 2019 focuses on the environmental benefits of recycling and explores the energy and resource savings that can be made if we actively waste less and recycle more.

Information Stalls

Join Council as we celebrate re-use and recycling and focus on the environmental benefits of recycling.

Visit a Cumberland Council information stall and learn ways to improve recycling at home. You can also find out about Council initiatives that are helping to save resources from landfill:

  • Remember – if in doubt, leave it out of recycling bins.
  • Pick up a hessian shopping bag made from a recycled coffee sack or banner as part of the “buy it back” initiative being run by Cumberland Council.
  • Or test your knowledge of recycling myths at one of our interactive stalls.
  • Council will also be handing out a limited number of reusable drink bottles, to help the community reduce the need for disposable single use water bottles. Refilling your drink bottle 10 times can save over 100g of plastic waste from landfill.
  • You can find out more about Council’s Mobile Community Recycling Service for problem waste items such as paint, gas bottles, electronic waste and batteries.
  • Learn about The Bower Reuse Tool that allows Cumberland residents to find new homes for preloved goods, online.

All waste has a place, and more items can be recycled than you might think! Join us during National Recycling Week to learn more.

When and where you'll find Council stalls

Shopping Centre Information Stall 1

 When: Tuesday 12 November 2018

 Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

 Where: Auburn Central

Shopping Centre Information Stall 2

 When: Thursday 14 November 2018

 Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

 Where: Stocklands Merrylands, near the food court

Other Recycle Right Ideas

Children’s Clothing and Toy Swap event

A swap party is a great way to exchange quality items that can be used by others.

As part of National Recycling Week, Cumberland Council residents are invited to a Children’s Clothing and Toy Swap where you can exchange your children’s old clothes or toys for something more fitting and age appropriate.

Join us for this event and exchange any clothes and toys you don’t need (up to 5 items per person). All items should be suitable for Children Under 5.

You can take home something ‘new’, at no expense to you or the environment.

When: Wednesday 13 November 2019 from 10am to 11:30am

Where: Cumberland Council Committee Meeting Rooms, 16 Memorial Ave, Merrylands (off the council foyer)

For details about the swap party and how to reserve your place, register here.

Please note: All clothes must be in good wearable condition and washed. All toys should be clean and in working order.Any items that remain unclaimed at the end will be donated to a local charity.

Places are limited. For any questions, phone 02 8757 9640.

Inspiring Stories from the Circular Economy

Cumberland Council is looking to keep valuable resources circulating in the local area. One of the ways we are doing this is by buying hessian coffee sacks from local coffee roasters and remaking these into recycled shopping bags, with the help of Australian Disability Services.

You can pick one of these bags up at the National Recycling Week stalls in shopping centres across Cumberland. See dates and locations above.

How to Responsibly Donate Clothing and Textiles

Recycling clothing and textiles is a great way to declutter, but please never put these in your kerbside recycling bin. They will not be recycled this way. Unwanted textiles can be sold, given to a friend, or delivered to a charity in accordance with the charity drop off rules.

Swapping one suitcase (20kg) of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for 1.7 years. Second hand also saves money.

For a step by step guide on ‘How to Host a Swap Party’ and local second hand stores visit or call the Recycling Hotline 1300 733 712.