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National Recycling Week

2022 Theme
Waste isn’t Waste until it’s Wasted

National Recycling Week
Monday 7 to Sunday 13 November 2022

This year, National Recycling Week explores the idea that Waste isn’t Waste until it’s Wasted. Topics include:

  • how to give resources a second life,
  • how to reduce the need for newly produced resources, and of course,
  • recycling.

Planet Ark

Established in 1996, National Recycling Week (NRW) is one of Planet Ark’s flagship campaigns and every year aims to educate and empower people to do the right thing when they’re at the bin.

“We need to rethink our waste and see it as a resource that can be turned into new products. By keeping these materials in circulation for as long as possible, this benefits the environment by reducing the extraction of virgin materials for new products, as well as the water and energy it takes to make them.”
~ Planet Ark

To lend a helping hand, Planet Ark is bringing attention to simple, easy, actionable tips that will help you keep valuable materials out of landfills.

  • Check It Before You Chuck It
    Check the packaging for Australasian Recycling Label. It tells you which bit goes in which bin. It’s an easy way to understand how to recycle right.
  • Drop It Off
    Discover drop-off locations where you can recycle tricky items such as mobile phones or printer cartridges.
  • Compost Food Scraps
    Composting your food scraps can reduce the number of materials in your household rubbish bin by up to 40% and produces nutrients for your garden.
  • Put It In Loose
    Keep recyclable out of bags! Otherwise, they won’t be sorted correctly and will end up in landfill.
  • Leave It Out
    Recyclables in plastic bags, soft plastics, food waste, crockery, nappies, clothes/fabric, polystyrene, CDs/DVDs/Videos, window/drink glass, batteries and mobile phones don’t belong in the bin. They cause contamination and end up in landfill.
  • Buy Better
    Buy second-hand, buy in bulk, and buy products made from recycled materials.

Local Events & Activities

To celebrate National Recycling Week, we invite you and your family to get involved by joining numerous local events and activities hosted throughout our region.

MidCoast Council

MidCoast Council in partnership with Resource Recovery Australia is hosting an Open Day at Tuncurry Waste Management Centre on Thursday 10 November 2022. Events and activities on the day include:

  • Guided Tours of Tuncurry Waste Management Centre
    9:30am to 11:00am + 1:30pm to 3:00pm
    These walking tours will showcase reuse and recycling in action.
  • Zero Waste Christmas Decorations
    10:00am to 11:00am + 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    This hands-on upcycle workshop will show you how to make fun, festive decorations with zero waste.
  • Food Waste Composting Workshop
    11:30am to 12:30pm
    Learn how to make use of your kitchen scraps and divert waste from landfill.
  • Bicycle Maintenance at the Green Bikes Shed
    12:30pm to 1:30pm
    In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to properly maintain your bicycle to maximise the life of your bike.
  • Resource Recovery Australia’s Reuse Upcycle Repair Masterclass
    11:00am to 11:30am
    Learn about the importance of reuse, upcycling and repair on our local environment and community.

All events and activities are FREE to attend but spots are limited, so bookings are essential.

Port Macquarie Hastings Council

Re-Cycle! Free Bicycle Rapid Repair Pop Up

As a part of National Recycling Week events and activities, Port Macquarie Hastings Council are offering free rapid bike repair sessions. Bring your kid’s bike along and get it safety checked by an experienced cycle mechanic who’ll provide basic repairs to bring the bike up to a safe, ridable standard.

Saturday 5 November
10:00am to 2:00pm
Switch On Seymour
Seymour Street

Wednesday 9 November
3:30pm to 6:30pm
Andrews Park
Cameron Street

Saturday 12 November
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wayne Richards Park
Koala Street
Port Macquarie

Bees Wax Wrap Workshop

Saturday 5 November
10:00am to 12:00pm
Port Macquarie Library

Join Chelsea from Midwaste at Port Macquarie Library for this fun work workshop and learn how to make bees wax wraps.

Upcycling Workshop – Make Your Own Fruit & Veg Bags

Saturday 5 November
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Port Macquarie Library

Join Chelsea from Midwaste for this fun work workshop and learn how to turn unused mesh curtains into nifty bags to use when shopping for fruit and vegetables.

Scraps to Soil Composting Workshop

Saturday 19 November
1:00 pm to 3:00pm
Douglas Vale Historic Homestead & Vineyard

Join the composting revolution happening across the Mid North Coast and learn how to turn your scraps to soil! Find out how to get started composting and worm farming at home to create rich compost to make your garden grow.

Cairncross Waste Facility Tours

Keen to know what happens to your resources when they’re converted to waste through your household bins? Join us on a free bus tour to our Cairncross Waste Facility.

  • Thursday 24 November
    8:30am to 11:30am + 12:30pm to 3:30pm

All events and activities are FREE to attend but spots are limited, so bookings are essential.


Embark on a journey of discovery through a rich tapestry of learning opportunities and educational resources awaiting your family on the Mid North Coast.

Education Guide Mid North Coast

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