LEARNING EARLY: Amelia White with her children Chester Eliott, 4, and Cleopatra Eliott, 7, learning about recycling at the Litter-Free Lunch.
LEARNING EARLY: Amelia White with her children Chester Eliott, 4, and Cleopatra Eliott, 7, learning about recycling at the Litter-Free Lunch. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Litter-Free lunch at Lismore reminds public to use the bins

THERE may be no such thing as a free lunch, but no one said anything about a Litter-Free Lunch.

Lismore City Council hosted its Litter-Free Lunch at Heritage Park in Victoria St yesterday to herald the arrival of new waste management facilities.

A grant of $25,000 from the State Government funded new recycling bins and enclosures, educational signage and cigarette butt bins on the park's perimeter.

Council staff including mayor Jenny Dowell attended, along with a steady stream of curious visitors hungry for a snag or two.

An enthusiastic man accompanying the Greenhouse Mobile Waste Education Trailer, known only as PET (after the recyclable plastic polyethylene terephthalate), believes waste is a growing problem in our society.

He said research showed that raising awareness in a minority of the community with events such as the lunch often had a snowball effect.

"If you reach just 17% of our population, you get a great uptake," he said.

"Even though you might only be reaching a small number of people, they will pass their attitudes on to others."

The council's waste education officer Danielle Hanigan said the park did not have recycling facilities previously.

The council will look to upgrade waste facilities in other parks in future.



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