Looking for a creative way to use your cardboard boxes? Why not turn them into wearable art and enter your creation in the Burdekin Shire Council Trash is Trendy Competition.
Almost 10 per cent of waste found in Burdekin general waste bins (red lids) was recyclable paper or cardboard which could have been placed into the yellow-lidded recycle bin.
Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said it was disappointing this recyclable material was ending up in the Kirknie Road Landfill.
“Cardboard, paper and paper hand towel are recyclable and probably the easiest to recycle,” he said.
“This material can be recycled up to eight times before the fibres weaken too much for use.
“One of the easiest ways to remember to recycle your cardboard boxes is to fill them with your other household recyclables before taking it all out to the yellow-lidded bin.
“Or you could recycle cardboard yourself by using it for art and craft.
“It is sturdier than paper, but still easy to cut out and work with, so would be a great material to form some sort of wearable art which could be entered into Council’s Trash is Trendy Competition.
“If you’re looking for inspiration for a creation to enter the competition, just search for wearable recyclable art on the internet.
“Our Environment team is looking forward to seeing this year’s creations.”
The Trash is Trendy Competition is open until November 5. Creations can be brought into the Council office in Young Street, Ayr, prior to that day. All entries will be displayed and the winners announced at the Home Hill Harvest Festival Mardi Gras on November 8. There are some great prizes up for grabs, including $100 cash, family passes to Reef HQ or Billabong Sanctuary.