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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 6th 2009
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 7, 2009 MB ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes It's a fact Free plumber's workshops The Master Plumbers' and Mechan- ical Services Association of Australia (MPMSAA) is rolling out intensive environmental plumbing workshops for Sydney plumbers. The free ''green'' workshops are being held in the auditorium of Balmain Leagues Club, Rozelle, on May 19, 20, 21 and 22 from 8.45am-4pm. To register, visit www.greenplumbers.com.au or call 03 9927 5800. Consumers can call 1300 368 519 to find their local GreenPlumber. Plastic on the outer at Target From June 1, Target Australia will no longer offer plastic shopping bags at checkouts. Customers can choose not to use a bag, to take their own or to buy one. A range of reusable bags from $1 and compostable bags from 10c will be available. The key component of Target's bag range is the reusable Red Bag that comes in three sizes. All profits from the sale of the bags goes to Target's national community partner, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, which helps tens of thousands of children who are placed in emergency care or a domestic violence refuge. Don't throw it, grow it: Kitchen scraps can be a boost to your garden It's time to compost your kitchen scraps. IF KITCHEN scraps were composted, rather than taken to the tip, millions of tonnes of carbon would be stored in the soil. That's a huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to organisers of International Compost Awareness Week from May 3-9. Centre for Organic and Resource Enterprises (CORE) chairman Eric Love said half of the rubbish we put in everyday garbage bins caused three per cent of Australia's greenhouse gas emission. He said hundreds of millions of tonnes of active organic materials are locked up in landfill. When buried in a landfill and deprived of air, its decomposition produces methane, which escapes into the atmosphere. Methane has 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, Mr Love said. Emissions from landfills are set to become part of the federal government's carbon pollution reduction scheme, designed to meet our Kyoto obligations. President of Compost Australia Peter Wadewitz said organic materials such as garden clippings, kitchen scraps, paper and wood could be processed to create rich organic compost that could improve plant health when applied to gardens and agricultural soil. The awareness week is organised by CORE. FAST FACTS Compost can provide, and improve, the efficiency of plant uptake of nutrients such as phosphorous and can eliminate the need for petroleum-based fertilisers. Last year alone the price of chemical fertilisers increased by up to 160 per cent. Compost has a water-holding capacity in excess of 30 per cent, which lowers the pressure on demand for this precious resource. Compost is produced to an extremely high standard by commercial organic recycling facilities and can be made by home composting methods. Lesser-known compost applications are helping regenerate degraded land areas (like mines, eroded catchments and salinity-effected land) and are being used to help clean storm water before it travels into the ocean. In your own backyard, kitchen scraps, sawdust, vacuum cleaner contents anything that ever lived can be composted in a built or purchased compo. Shop. Dine. Play. Darling Harbour, Sydney FIREWORKS ARE BACK! Every Friday and Saturday night for the month of May at approximately 7.30pm. Award winning restaurants & cafes, amazing harbour and city skyline views, latest fashion boutiques, bars, bowling...What more do you need? For more information visit harbourside.com.au
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