How often to do you hear people say that things don’t last as long as they used to ……or that they bought an item that stopped working not long after purchasing it! The War on Waste states that over 85% of furniture we put on the curb isn’t recycled and is instead sent to landfill. We have become a throw-away society.
Did you know that there is 540kg of household waste produced in Australia, per person each year? That is more than 10kg for every single person, every single week. Every year the waste we generate is growing at twice the rate of our population!
What if we change our attitudes and behaviour when it comes to waste?
An organisation that is doing just that is the Bower Reuse & Repair Centre based in Sydney, NSW. Bower is an environmental charity committed to reducing landfill. They have pioneered programs to reduce the amount of waste by reclaiming household items for reuse, repair and resale and by encouraging communities to engage in repurposing of preloved goods.
They have been playing a vital role for more than 20 years fostering a culture of sustainability and in this Gutsy Matters episode we chat to Bower Reuse & Repair Centre’s general manager, Guido Verbist.
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Phone: (02) 9568 6280
Building 34, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, Sydney NSW
(Addison Road Community Centre)
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