Get creative and make trash trendy

Here’s a challenge for the Burdekin’s fashion savvy and creative residents – grab some recyclable materials and make a wearable outfit and you could win two nights at Airlie Beach or $100.

The Burdekin Shire Council has launched the Trash is Trendy competition as part of National Recycling Week which coincides with the Home Hill Harvest Festival.

Council’s National Recycling Week organiser Anne McLaughlin said the competition was open to everyone with creativity and imagination that could make wearable articles which incorporated items that could be placed in the yellow recycling bin.

“Wearable items can include clothing, jewellery and accessories,” she said.

“The competition has three categories for judging including a back to the ‘60s theme which ties in with this year’s Harvest Festival theme.

“The entries will then be displayed at the mardi gras on November 9 and the winners will be announced that night.”

Mrs McLaughlin said there was a serious side to this fun competition.

“We thought this would be a great way to remind the community about the benefits of recycling materials as opposed to sending them to landfill,” she said.

“A recent audit of Burdekin residential waste bins showed a large amount of recyclable materials are still being placed in the red general waste bins than in the yellow recycle bins.

“These materials are being sent to landfill rather than being recycled into new products.

“Council’s display at the Home Hill Harvest Festival Mardi Gras will also provide information regarding recycling in the Burdekin.

“Attending staff will welcome feedback and comments on how we can improve recycling and recycling rates in our community.”

Competition entries must be received at the Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Centre by close of business on Wednesday, November 6. Prizes include two nights’ accommodation at Club Crocodile Airlie Beach and three $100 cash prizes.

View more information about National Recycling Week in the Burdekin.

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