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CRN Sydney is continuing its modelling work towards a regional network of CRNA for greater Sydney, following great cross-sector feedback from the technical advisory group in April. The CRN Facilitator will progress ongoing consultations, interviews and feedback with a range of stakeholders over May and June to finalise the plan. Following this a branding workshop will be coordinated in late July with community recycling enterprises working across the greater Sydney region.
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CRN Australia members were out in force at this year’s Coffs Harbour Waste Conference. A series of exhibitor booths and presentations by members the Endeavour Foundation, Reverse Garbage, Resource Recovery Australia, Soft Landing and Garage Sale Trail highlighted the vital role we all play in driving greater re-use, repair, waste avoidance and recycling of resources. Widely respected as the leading conference for the waste management industry, a panel on social procurement facilitated by Jo McNeil from Western Sydney University further enabled questions and discussion with Councils about how social enterprise models best work. Sarah Chisholm from CRN Sydney and David Kuhn from Southern Sydney Region of Councils (SSROC) also presented on the development of a new regional chapter of CRNA, CRN Sydney, including discussion and feedback.
The conference attracted 585 delegates, 80 sponsors and exhibitors and 130 presenters, both nationally and internationally. It targets anyone who works in or has an interest in waste management issues, and is particularly relevant to local government, featuring representation from over 100 Councils across Australia.
To view videos of the presentations, you can click here.
Some of you may be aware that over the past few months CRN has been involved with a study of NSW based Community Recycling Enterprises. The study was conducted by the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, and funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage.
We know that Community Recycling Enterprises (CRE's) bring many benefits to their communities, but measuring these impacts is often difficult for social enterprises who are time poor. The study aims to measure the social, environmental and economic benefits that NSW based CRE's bring to their communities.
As part of the study an Impact Measurement workshop was also held on the 17th of May in Sydney and attracted a range of community recyclers and industry representatives. The data gathered from the workshop will be used to help develop an impact measurement tool which aims to provide CRE's with a simple way to measure their social, environmental and economic impacts. [This kind of] information is very helpful to know when applying for grants and funding.
We look forward to seeing the results of the study, so stay tuned for further information in upcoming bulletins.
Resource Work Cooperative in Hobart is hoping to inspire aspiring writers with recycled books at a workshop to be held in June. Led by award winning Tasmanian writer, Tansy Rayner Roberts, the Scavenger Fiction workshop encourages those interested in creative writing to unleash their imagination using the hundreds of books from the quirky, diverse and ever-changing book collection at the Resource Tip Shop.
Participants will then have the chance to embrace the hidden writer within by scavenging for inspiration and story seeds in the piles of rescued books. Once brimming with ideas they'll then create their very own piece of short fiction!
This workshop is suitable for adults however no experience is necessary.
Where: South Hobart Tip Shop, Book Nook. (McRobies Road South Hobart)
When: Sunday June 25th,2017
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Who: 18+ years
For further information or bookings contact Resource Coop on 03 6223 3891 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get out your diary folks and pencil it in. The date for the CRN Australia Annual Waste2Wages Forum has been set for the 16th and 17th of November - destination Sydney!
The CRN Annual Forum is a once a year gathering that brings together those from the community recycling, waste management, local government and social enterprise sectors. In fact, all who are passionate about recycling are welcome.
This years forum will be held in Sydney to coincide with the launch of the CRN Sydney Network. We are on the lookout for speakers and presenters so if you would like to share the fabulous work that your enterprise is up to we'd love to hear from you. If you are a recycler, reuser, tinkerer, fixers, repairer or entrepreneur and have some skills and inspiration to share please get in touch. We are also on the hunt for members within the network who may be interested in having their enterprise open as part of a tour on the second day of the forum.
What better way to celebrate National Recycling Week?
If you would like to be involved in what is sure to be an exciting forum please contact Verity Lougoon at email@example.com
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Sydney has been busy beavering away to launch a revamped online store full of unique retro and vintage items.
The Bower has stores in both Marrickville and Paramatta and is a fantastic showcase of repair and reuse. You'll feel like you're wandering through The Bower itself when you browse their wares online. The Bower's online store showcases their ongoing commitment to being the place where second-hand comes first and has been made possible thanks to a grant from SSROC (Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils).
The online store is filled with an eclectic range of items from collectable china to vintage hand tools, antique radiograms to 1970's vinyl. It is well worth the look to check it out.
You can visit the store at: www.bowerstore.org.au
The ABC is set to launch a new three part documentary series which aims to uncover the issue of waste in Australia and compel the nation to seriously re-examine the ways we consume and dispose of consumer items.
Comedian Craig Reucassel from 'The Chaser's War on Everything', takes a critical and first-hand look at waste in Australia and asks what has changed in the Australian psyche, and in our consumer culture, that has led us to become among the most wasteful nations in the developed world? The documentary explores why Australians are generating millions of tonnes more waste every year – in food, fashion, packaging, electronics and more. Viewers will discover the truth about where various kinds of waste actually end up, and learn what can be done to reduce the staggering volumes we produce.
In the 1960’s, Australians were considered amongst the best in the world when it came to the ways they dealt with waste. Many recycling programs – especially those involving paper and newspaper – were pioneered in Australia. In the late-60’s and 1970’s, the launch of the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign put the issue of waste at the forefront of the national consciousness.
But in recent decades, the combined effects of consumer demand, supermarket policies and cynicism about the effectiveness of waste and recycling campaigns has seen a surge in the volume of waste we produce as a nation.
Importantly, the series projects into the future. With the amount of waste increasing in Australia by nearly 8% a year, the show also asks viewers to consider what happens if we do nothing? Suggesting that it is time for us, as a nation, to seriously re-examine the ways we consume and dispose of consumer items.
War on Waste will be screened in Australia this May.
For further information visit: http://www.abc.net.au/ourfocus/waronwaste/
CRN Sydney has completed a draft business plan to grow our membership and services into a strong network of community re-use, repair and recycling enterprises working across the Sydney metropolitan region incorporating the Illawarra, Hunter and Blue Mountains. The plan will be reviewed by the Technical Advisory Group on April 27th, including two CRNA members, the Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC), 2 Sydney councils, Local Government NSW and NSW EPA.
A stakeholder feedback and branding workshop is under development for May 17th in Sydney. This is your chance to hear more about the project, and contribute to its formation.
To register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org
From small tip shops to large, multi-site enterprises, Community Recycling Enterprises are a significant contributor to resource recovery in NSW and beyond. Measuring and communicating impacts is increasingly important to all sustainability-focused organisations, and can assist organisations to improve their performance, influence the behaviour of their customers and communities, and communicate their progress to many. Yet, impact measurement is often expensive and of limited value when not done well.
The NSW Office for Environment and Heritage has funded a new research project focused on impact measurement for Community Recycling Enterprises in NSW. The purpose of this project is to pilot the development of a collective approach to measuring and communicating the impacts of CREs in order to create tools that help these organisations, and support the work of sustainability focused social enterprises more broadly. The project is a collaboration between the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, Community Recycling Network Australia, and Resource Recovery Australia.
If you’re interested in hearing more about the Community Recycling Enterprise NSW Impact Measurement project, please contact project leader Jo Barraket at email@example.com. If you are a NSW-based CRE and interested in contributing, the project survey is currently open and takes about 15 minutes to complete.
A Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turned out to be untrue.
A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
Described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time", a Plastic Ocean is moving documentary which hopes to inspire action around the globe.
Why not host a screening in your community today? To find out more or view the trailer online visit: http://www.plasticoceans.org/film/index.html