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ACHIEVEMENT: Carlton residents who have useful things they don't need themselves are encouraged to make them available for others to retrieve and use.

TARGET DATE: February 2005. PROGRESS: None to date. I will forward it onto MCC City Services for their views on how to move the idea forward. As s Director of the Western Regional Waste Management Group, which has responsibility for administering waste services under the Environment Protection Act in western metropolitan Melbourne.

DESCRIPTION: A weekend before Uni goes back be declared "Carlton Clear Out Weekend". Residents who have things they don't need but which they think others might be able to use, and so are reluctant to just throw away, would be encouraged to leave it on the pavement for others (especially students looking to set up new households) to scavenge.

It may be then that Council collects anything left on the Monday as they would in a normal hard rubbish collection. As this may encourage some people to put out junk, an alternative might be used that was adopted in Canberra, where any uncollected "goodies" had to be retrieved by the owners.

This is a practical way of putting the motto 'reducing, reusing and recycling' into effect. It may also help some of us finally clean out our garages!

The main involvement of Council would be in providing publicity and timing a hard rubbish collection at an appropriate time to pick up left over goods.

FURTHER INFORMATION: This idea was put forward to me by Ian Cunliffe as something Melbourne City Council should adopt.

This initiative would complement progress made in waste minimisation through other Green Achievements including;

Waste Wise Accreditation First in Melbourne
Zero Waste Goal for Melbourne City Council


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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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