Trash becomes treasure in Coffs

THERE were bargains to be found at the Big Aussie Swap Party in Coffs Harbour yesterday, as one person's trash became another's treasure.

The National Recycling Week event, held in city square, promoted the environmental benefits of swapping unwanted items instead of discarding them into landfill.

Among those to take part were Alex Jones and Lesley De Mello.

“It's a great event, I hope it takes off and becomes bigger next year,” Ms De Mello said.

“I've picked up a few things, a few books, some bags and a pair of shoes,” she said.

The Coffs Harbour Council-run event encouraged people taking part to pick up something of value and make a donation to the Smith Family.

Organisers hope the event will grow, inspiring people to rummage through their wardrobes, sheds, garages, under the house, in the back of cupboards and under the bed.

According to Planet Ark, swapping a suitcase of clothes can save enough energy to run a TV non-stop for around two years.

More information on National Recycling Week events is available at recyclingweek.planetark.org



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