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Your trash could be their treasure

Unwanted household items left on the kerb will now be turned into treasure.

The Mt Druitt Restoria Social Enterprise concept was approved at this week’s Blacktown Council meeting, praised by councillors.

Estimates says the proposal will stop two tonne of household clean-up waste from going to landfill, saving council $13,010 each year.

Every year 46,000 household clean-ups are booked, collectingo 5350 tonnes of waste.

An audit of the material disposed showed that 58.3 per cent of all waste could be reused/recovered or reused.

A 12-month trial will be held. The benefits of the scheme are expected to include restoration of furniture and soft furnishings, training and skill development for participants and furnishings for public housing.

Initially the furniture will be sourced via casual council staff. Data on the type of furniture collected will be collated and groups involved will be allocated the items.

An inventory system will track the furniture and once restored a referral process will be developed so tenants can collect it via voucher.

The tenant taking the furniture will pay by contributing their time to the initiatitve or via a donation to the scheme to continue operating.

Council will commit $59,500 towards the trial to cover wages and a vehicle.

To date there are six partners involved - Housing NSW, Whalan Community Group, Probation and Parole, TAFE Mt Druitt, Ability Options and the Anglican Technical College Western Sydney.

Source: Mt Druitt St Marys Standard: http://mt-druitt-standard.whereilive.com.au


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