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17/12/2018 11:00 a.m.
17 December 2018
The City of Kwinana has been awarded the Council Collaboration award, recognising the way the City and the local community have embraced the nationwide reuse program, Garage Sale Trail.
City of Kwinana was one of just 14 councils to receive an award for their involvement in the national campaign which is supported by 150 councils and regional groups Australia wide.
Mayor Carol Adams said the City had 96 events take place throughout the local community during the Garage Sale Trail on October 20 and 21, with an estimated 2,554 people getting involved.
"Every garage sale on the Trail saw 42kgs of items reused and saved from landfill. 81 per cent of residents involved said the event helped them connect better with their local community," she said.
Co-Founder of Garage Sale Trail, Darryl Nichols said this award is the result of a committed and passionate approach to the project by the Council staff involved
"Through their involvement and promotion of the program, City of Kwinana council demonstrated great leadership in sustainability and reuse and ultimately helped make this year's Garage Sale Trail such a success both locally and nationally," he said.
Garage Sale Trail is Australia's biggest reuse, waste education and community engagement program. The event is powered by local councils and encourages communities to rethink what they waste through the simple act of buying and selling at a garage sale over one weekend in October.
Nationally, Garage Sale Trail 2018 saw almost 350,000 Australians getting involved at over 18,000 garage sale events on just one weekend. Over 3.2million kgs of pre-loved items found new homes and were saved from landfill and more than $2.5 million was raised for charities, local communities and households.
Garage Sale Trail 2019 takes place on October 19 and 20. Find out more at Garage Sale Trail.