Worthy Endeavour Turns Trash to Treasure

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Worthy Endeavour Turns Trash to Treasure


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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