‘Talkin’ Trash’ About The Garage Sale Trail

Council Targets Community And Business With Diverse National Recycling Week Program

Scenic Rim Regional Council has stepped up its programming for National Recycling Week in 2021, with a themed business breakfast, youth focused programs in schools and libraries, and community-wide promotion of the Garage Sale Trail. Fun and education the key to fishing events targeting Carp and Tilapia.

The main event is the Garage Sale Trail with three consecutive weekends of activities. 

It’s the nation’s biggest Council-supported community powered program, with Scenic Rim joining other Councils and communities across Australia to reduce waste to landfill and reuse where possible.

Scenic Rim residents can access a variety of free, online Garage Sale Trail masterclasses about how to re-home, re-love and re-purpose things with fashion, finance and sustainability experts on 6-7 November. 

The following two weekends, 13-14 November and 20-21 November, are the dates for the Garage Sale Trail itself, where residents can be sellers and host a private garage sale or support the program as shoppers. 

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said waste is everyone’s business and there is something for everyone during National Recycling Week, ranging from educational and fun youth events to practical and motivational sessions for business owners.  

“I am passionate about waste policy and this Council is too, with the recently adopted Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy 2021-2026 that aligns with Queensland’s vision to progress towards a zero-waste society where waste is avoided, reused and recycled to the greatest possible extent,” Cr Christensen said. 

“Council is inviting residents to register for the Garage Sale Trail, either as sellers or shoppers, in our effort to change attitudes to waste with a focus on reuse options and benefits of a circular economy. 

“In the Scenic Rim roughly 20,000 tonnes of waste goes to landfill every year, so as part of Council’s Waste Education Program we launched a ‘Reimagine Waste’ Poster Competition for children of all ages to share their ideas about how to reuse, recycle or repurpose waste destined for landfill.

“It’s great to see those entries coming in, and with a few weeks still to go, I’d like to encourage parents and teachers to get involved and encourage students to enter this poster competition.

“A highlight of the program will be the free Scenic Rim Business Breakfast, aptly named ‘Talkin’ Trash’ on Friday 19 November at The Centre, Beaudesert.

“Come and listen to the experiences of a panel of local businesses that are benefiting by limiting their waste, and industry professionals with knowledge of waste segregation approaches, storage, products and technologies, with an opportunity for questions from the floor. 

“Events like National Recycling Week are important to champion efforts to further increase our recycling and resource recovery and reduce our waste to landfill because success will rely on a collaborative effort from Council, businesses and residents.” 

Council Supported National Recycling Week Events 

Program of events also available at www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/waste-services

Reimagine Waste Poster Competition

Competition open until 5 November 

Council is looking for ideas that are creative, easy to follow, draw a crowd and make a difference. 

This competition is open to children of all ages from the Scenic Rim to create a poster showing how they have (or would like to) reuse, recycle, or repurpose waste from home or school. 

There are prizes made from reclaimed materials, certificates of commendation and community-wide promotion of the best ideas. 

Further information and entry forms available at www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/waste-services

Youth events at Scenic Rim Libraries 

Throughout National Recycling Week Scenic Rim Libraries are offering a range of free events for children. Bookings essential. 

Wednesday 10 November

Reimagine Waste Game On – Tamborine Mountain Library 4pm

Recycling Story Time – Beaudesert Library 9.30am

Thursday 11 November

Kids Club – Beaudesert Library 4pm

Friday 12 November

Recycling Story Time – Boonah Library 10am

All week the Boonah Library will be distributing a take home activity box for repurposing craft.

Garage Sale Trail Tutorials: Fashion, flipping and fixing the planet

Saturday/Sunday, 6-7 November 

You don’t need to hold a garage sale to participate in National Recycling Week, join expert speakers online to hear about sustainable fashion and how to supplement your income by reselling online. 

View full listings and register at www.garagesaletrail.com.au/learn

Garage Sale Trail – across two weekends 

13-14 November & 20-21 November

Scenic Rim residents are encourage to host a garage sale in November to sell and repurpose materials.

By registering with Garage Sale Trail you can access free promotional materials including posters, bunting, letterbox slips to make your event a success. There is also support on how to how to make your garage sale virtual. 

Sellers can register at www.garagesaletrail.com.au/register

Shoppers then simply search the Garage Sale Trail website to find all the garage sales in their local area, or purchase directly from those sellers opting for the online options through social media and online marketplaces. 

Each year Garage Sale Trail has helped save more than 1.5 million kilograms of material, from going to landfill!

Scenic Rim Business Breakfast – Talkin’ Trash

Friday 19 November, 7am to 8.30am 

The Centre, Beaudesert 

No cost, registrations essential. 

Featuring a panel of local businesses that are benefiting by actively trying to limit their waste and industry professionals with knowledge of waste segregation approaches, storage, products and technologies.

This event will adhere to COVID-19 public health directives. 

Registrations essential at Live at the Centre www.liveatthecentre.com.au under Community Events. For further information about the Business Breakfast series, please contact Council’s Regional Prosperity team on 5540 5111 or prosperity@scenicrim.qld.gov.au