get involved

There are lots of worthwhile and rewarding activities and events you can take part in throughout the year to help the environment, either at home, school or with your community.

Check your local council website for details of more events in your area.

The Waste Recycling Education Network, (the WREN) is an independent group of community volunteers (residents) from the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) member councils, established to help increase community understanding of the importance of waste, recycling, and greater awareness of the activities of the SMRC.

For more information go to the WREN page.

The RRRC offers free tours which are designed to educate visitors about the recycling process and allow safe and exciting views from observation decks into the various facilities.

To book a tour of the RRRC or visit the Education Centre call (08) 9256 9555, or email tours@smrc.com.au. For more information go to the Recycle Right website.

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A big thank you to all the 2017 Clean Up Australia Day participants!

In the past 27 years, Australians have devoted more than 31 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over 331 thousand tonnes of rubbish.

See you next year for the 28th Clean Up Australia Day, in March 2018.

In the meantime, if you want to organise a clean up, it is still possible! Just register your site as an Every Day Clean Up site. Thank you

For more information visit the Clean Up Australia Day website.

International Composting Awareness Week Australia (ICAW), is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness about the importance of this valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products. We can compost to help scrap carbon pollution by avoiding landfilling organic materials and helping to build healthier soils. This event takes place in May each year.

For more information visit the Composting Awareness Week website.

Garage Sale Trail is a national, people-powered program that’s about sustainability, creativity and fun.

“By organising communities around Australia to hold sales on the same day we aim to reduce waste to landfill, enable community connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity and stimulate local economies.”

Now in its seventh year, Garage Sale Trail, is a free, council-powered weekend of garage sales that attracts over 300,000 bargain-loving shoppers nationally. With over 2 million pre-loved treasures expected to be up for sale in the streets, lanes and parks of Australia, it’s our national day of haggling.

In the SMRC region the Cities of Melville, Kwinana, Cockburn and Fremantle and well as the Town of East Fremantle take part.

Following the amazing success of Garage Sale Trail over recent years, one big day of garage sales becomes a weekend! Shoppers and sellers can now participate on Saturday 21 October, Sunday 22 October or both!

To find out more visit the Garage Sale Trail website.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is held late August each year, to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action.

The results of the National Litter Index are also released during this time, which is a count of litter by number and volume at 983 sites across Australia.

For over 40 years, Keep Australia Beautiful has been working towards a litter free and sustainable environment by running grass roots community programs in each state and territory

For more information visit the Keep Australia Beautiful Week website.

For more information visit the Keep Australia Beautiful Week website.

More and more Australians are turning to charity op shops to buy clothes. However, charity op shops still need good quality donations. Making a donation can help op shops from running short of stock.

Boosting donations to charity op shops is the aim of the second ‘National Op Shop Week’. An initiative of the DoSomething! charity in partnership with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO)

  • In 2013/14, Australia’s charity op shops diverted more than 300,000 tonnes of clothing from landfill.
  • Re-use of clothing saves 4kg of CO2 for every kilogram of donated clothing (source Danish Technological University study published 2010).
  • There are more than 3000 charity op shops across Australia.
  • More than 70,000 Australians volunteer their time to support charity op shops.
  • Around 30% of clothing in the average wardrobe has not been worn for at least a year, most commonly because it no longer fits (Source: UK government research)

National Op Shop Week takes place in August each year.

Visit www.dosomethingnearyou.com.au/national-op-shop-week for more information

In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 19th year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:

  • Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
  • Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

National Recycling Week takes place in November each year.

For more information, or to take part, visit the Planet Ark website.

Plastic Free July is a simple idea developed in 2011. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year. The challenge is quite simple…attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.

Join thousands taking the challenge to refuse single-use plastic. You can sign up for a day or a week if the whole month sounds overwhelming. Sign up to get everything you need to take part.

In 2016 over 36,000 people from 85 countries joined the challenge.

For more information, or to take part, visit the Plastic Free July website.

Ever had a peach, apple or lemon tree go bananas with a bumper crop and not know what to do with it? Or maybe you’ve seen your neighbours’ trees overloaded, left to the birds, falling to the floor and going to waste? RipeNearMe: a web app that connects people through the food we each grow ourselves was set up to address this issue.

It’s free to add as many different foods as you grow, and you decide whether to swap, sell or giveaway your spoils. RipeNearMe aims to see fresh food everywhere again, and to encourage that there is no veggie patch or fruit tree too small to be Ripe Near Me.

Visit the website to find home grown local food or share your excess produce.

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.

World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere. World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.

The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

For more information visit the World Environment Day website.


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By using a reusable coffee cup every day instead of a disposable one, you can avoid creating 1kg of plastic waste a year!
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95% less resources are used when you recycle an aluminium can, compared to producing a new one.
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By recycling one plastic bottle, you can power a desktop computer for 25 minutes.
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