Council and the Axemen are doing the right thing
COFFS Harbour City Council is working closely with the Orara Valley Axemen to make sure the inaugural big week of league, which starts this weekend, will be a waste-wise event.
The Orara Valley Axemen Club is hosting the international Rugby League Sevens competition from January 22 to 23 at the Coramba Sports Ground.
Teams from America and Fiji will be taking part in the brand new competition which will culminate in an Australia Day clash at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium between the Coast and Valley Allstars versus the USA Tomahawks.
The whole competition will be a waste-wise event with council working in collaboration with the club and Handybin Waste Services to maximise recycling and biodegradable packaging opportunities at the ground.
The event organisers plan to use recyclable packaging such as aluminium cans and plastic bottles, as well as biodegradable materials such as cardboard coffee cups, chip buckets, trays and cornstarch products including straws and cutlery.
It is anticipated that around 60 per cent of waste that would normally go to landfill ? or 20 box trailer loads ? will be avoided as a result of treating the event as waste-wise.
Colour-coded bins will be used at the ground. Yellow signifies bins for recyclable material and red signifies bins for garbage as well as cages for the collection of aluminium cans.
Each set of bins will have educational material to help spectators use the bins correctly.
Handybin is providing sponsorship to the event by supplying free recycling and garbage ser- vices for the club.
Thomas Luck of Ecohouse is also providing cages for the collection of aluminium cans free of charge.
Proceeds from the recycling of aluminium cans collected at the event will be donated to Coramba Public School and members of the schools Parents and Citizens Association will be emptying bins on the day.
Council is encouraging wastewise events in the community and hopes residents and businesses will support the initiative.