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Published August 17th 2015
Get some green your life
If you are looking for inspiration to green your life, there are lots of eco resources in Sydney that are great for families, singles, couples and kids. Here's my list of sustainable activities – where are your favourite eco spots?
So a rubbish dump may not be first on the to do list, however Kimbriki is not your usual rubbish tip! Kimbriki is a resource recovery centre that aims to divert an impressive 75% of the waste they receive. A visit to Kimbriki should start with The Eco House and Garden. This is a centre dedicated to educating visitors on eco principles. The Eco House and Garden is free to visit and provides an informative and fun activity for everyone.
The Eco Garden is a lovely oasis which you can wander and explore at your own pace. There are plants, a sandpit, a boat wheel and even a bike that when ridden turns the water feature (which in turn aerates the pond). The Eco House runs free workshops on a wide variety of eco topics. Check out their website for more details.
Once you leave The Eco House and Garden, you can also visit the Kimbriki waste sorting area and the Re-use Shop (which stocks all manner of items which would otherwise have ended up in landfill including building materials, furniture and second-hand timber). You can also purchase recycled roadbase, aggregates and sand as well as recycled vegetation and wood waste at Kimbriki.
The Eco House and Garden is open seven days 7.00am - 4.30pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday). However please note The Eco House and Garden is not staffed at all times.
Find The Eco House and Garden at Kimbriki Road, off Mona Vale Road, Ingleside/Terrey Hills NSW, phone 02 9486 3512 or 02 9486 3542.
If you love reusing and recycling, then a visit to Reverse Garbage is a must! This co-operative, which was established in 1974, sells a huge range of reclaimed, recycled and donated items from its warehouse in Marrickville, generally at discounted prices. For example, there is a bag section where you can fill a recycle bag with materials for $5.00 – bargain! Bag items include fabric offcuts, DVD and CD containers, coat hangers, foam pieces, coloured ribbon, shredded paper, small cardboard tubes, paper coffee cups and plastic cups, unusual plastic pieces and more.
Reverse Garbage offer a range of tours and educational workshops for students and children for all different ages, abilities and needs. They also run excursions to schools, festivals, community centres, workplaces and now even crafty birthday parties! Check out their website for more details.
The warehouse is open seven days a week. For any enquiries please contact them on 02 9569 3132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the warehouse at 8/142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204.
Next on your eco to do list should be The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability at Waverton. Located within this 2.8ha site are a great range of activities including historic building demonstrating sustainable technology, community gardens, food gardens, a native bush nursery and beautiful regenerated waterfront parklands.
You can visit the Genia McCaffery Centre for Sustainability between 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday, or 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays or the parklands at any time. The Coal Loader is located at 2 Balls Head Road, Waverton NSW 2060.
The Green Living Centre (formally known as the Watershed) is located in Newtown and is run by the City of Sydney and Marrickville Councils. A welcoming place the centre is free and open to all. It offers a variety of services including a library and free workshops where you can learn about organic gardening, worm farming and natural cleaning. The Green Living Centre also includes:
A recycling centre for corks where you can drop off yours to divert waste away from landfill.
Newtown Bagshare that accepts reusable shopping bags.
A bike library which contains a fleet of cargo bikes and trailers to allow bike riders to carry things that might otherwise require a car.
Business program that offers environmental advice and support services to businesses on King Street, Enmore Road and Erskineville Road.
Eco merchandise including compost bins, worm farms and reusable fruit and veggie sacks.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm (extended opening hours on Thursdays from 10am – 7pm during daylight saving time only).
The Green Living Centre shopfront is at 218 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042.
Fagan Park Eco Garden is located in the magical Fagan Park, in North West Sydney. The Eco Garden is run by volunteers and aims to showcase environmentally friendly gardening techniques. The Garden is there to be casually wandered about, or you could pack a picnic lunch and eat at one of the picnic tables (made out of recycled materials).
Workshops, school holiday activities and special events are held regularly in the Garden with topics that include eco gardening techniques such as no-dig gardening, companion planting and permaculture. You could also learn about chooks, native bees, non-toxic gardening methods and how to make fertilisers.
The Garden is always looking for new volunteers on a weekly or monthly basis – call them to find out further details. If you would like to grow herbs and vegetables, individual and group plots are also available. While you are at the Garden make sure you check out Fagan Park – truly one of Sydney's most beautiful gardens.
For further information or to become involved phone 9847 4856 or email email@example.com.
Fagan Park is open all year round, (except for Christmas Day). Opening hours are 7.00am to 5.30pm (Eastern standard time) and 7.00am to 6.30pm (Daylight savings time). Parking fees are $5.00 per vehicle.
The Eco Garden is located at Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.
And finally the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living is a not-for-profit centre which aims to inspire everyone to embrace an environmental lifestyle. Based in Mount Annan (approximately 50 minutes from Sydney), the Centre aims to explore sustainable living options with activities such as tours, festivals, markets, workshops, research, art, food, gardening and music.
You will be able to check out displays that demonstrate renewable solar energy, waste water recycling, water and energy efficiency and waste avoidance and management. The main building, the Centre itself, utilises renewable and recycled building materials. There is also a kid's garden, functioning garden and vegetable beds, a worm farm, chooks and other interesting displays.
As well as guided site tours and lots of free information, there's also Little Explorers activities for 0-5 year olds, family festivals and several free and inexpensive workshops for adults. Learn to make meals with ingredients direct from the garden, get tips on reducing your energy bill and creating a more energy-efficient home or find out new ways to use natural remedies for medicinal purposes. Check out their website to find out what is on.
Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living main Centre credit: www.mcsl.org.au
You can also become a volunteer or make a donation. For further information contact them on (02) 4647 9828 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Opening times for visitors are 9:30am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday. 1 Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan NSW 2567.
Enjoy spending time at these great resources, and remember every little bit counts.