Galiwin'ku recycles 12 000 containers in 5 hours

Galiwin’ku residents turned out in droves for their first ever opportunity to participate in the NT Container Deposit Scheme.

Run in conjunction with East Arnhem Regional Council’s ‘Reconciliation Festival’, Galiwin’ku residents participated in a huge ‘Community Clean Up’ event on Saturday which included a mobile container deposit depot.

Residents were lined up with their bags of bottles and cans before the 10am commencement, resulting in a phenomenal 12,817 beverage containers collected in just five hours. This in turn allowed Council to give back $1,281.70 to community members.

A further 61 bags of litter was collected throughout the day, with residents receiving an entry into a raffle for every bag returned, putting them in the running to win one of four bikes.

Regional Waste and Environmental Manager Emma Clay, was thrilled with the outcome. “We couldn’t have imagined a result like this for our first mobile collection depot program. The Galiwin’ku community have set an incredibly high standard and showed their commitment to beautifying their community and taking care of country.”

“Saturday’s depot was intended to be a trial and the community have clearly shown us there is a demand for the service”. 

Council was supported by the Envirobank team, who travelled to Galiwin’ku to act as the mobile collection depot agency for the event, and without whose support the program would not have been possible.

“The team at Envirobank have been long term supporters of Council and have shown great commitment to our communities in assisting us shift the mindset around waste” said Ms Clay.

Sea Swift have once again been a fantastic partner to Council, transporting all of the containers off the island at no charge. The support of these organisations is vital to the ongoing viability of these Council programs.

The event was part of the wider National Reconciliation Week festivities, which saw well over     2 000 people across four days join the Galiwin’ku Reconciliation Festival celebrations. 

Local stakeholders worked tirelessly alongside East Arnhem Regional Council staff to conduct a huge range of events including the Child Family Youth Expo, Entrepreneurs Night Market, Community Reconciliation Concert, Reconciliation Football and Volleyball games, community BBQ, and the grand finale, Community Clean Up and Family Fun Day.

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