Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Worthy Endeavour Turns Trash to Treasure

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Worthy Endeavour Turns Trash to Treasure

Article excerpt

IT'S AMAZING that what some people regard as junk, others see as treasure.

Last Wednesday, taking a trip through Buderim's new Recycle Market at the Buderim Recycle station, in Syd Lingard Dr, I saw a huge range of books, household items and furniture - much of which looked almost new.

It was like walking through a department store: well-lit, with a variety of areas, each dedicated to a particular interest.

Yet every item has been thrown away by someone.

But this wonderful market, run by the Endeavour Foundation people, ensures all these very re-usable items do not end up in our ever- precious, and very costly, landfill.

What's more, Endeavour ploughs the income from the markets into employment programs for locals with a disability - a most worthy a[approximately]endeavour'.

My visit also provided the pleasurable opportunity of recognising a number of groups for their efforts to cut waste, including a group of students from Pacific Paradise State School, who managed to cut their waste from 28 bins a week to 12 - that's an incredible effort. Well done.

Other award-winners for good waste-reduction were Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Sunshine Plaza, University of the Sunshine Coast, and small business Hardcote. …

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