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Waste Not – Turning Trash into Treasure

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Waste Not is the first award winning film introduced by Total Environment Centre (TEC). Greenflicks' jury at the International Flickerfest Short Film Festival 2011 has highly recommended this short film, as it is about to change your perspective on the importance of recycling in just 26 minutes. Funded by the City of Sydney Environment Grants Program, the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore launched its film screening at Parliament House on April 7th, 2011.

Garbage, after being dumped in the bin, does not disappear in a blink of eyes. Anonymous heros lift up every single garbage bin and collect all the trash on a regular basis, as well as handle day-to-day domestic rubbish. Garbage trucks always seem disgusting. That strong smell of revulsion is not very pleasant to all. Remember the time when you walk past and give a dirty face to the innocent workers who actually stand in the forefront to sustain Australia's environment? Nevertheless, their enormous efforts are rarely acknowledged in public.

Waste Not aims to mirror the reality of garbage control. It reveals what actually happens after the moment we dump something unwanted due to neglect. The entire undiscovered process of garbage handling is about to be shown on the big screen, being transported from households to landfills. Accumulation of junk and the lack of space for garbage becomes an ever-increasingly alarming issue in Australia. Australians are third to the US and UK when it comes to waste, producing almost 2 tonnes per person each year. Existing problems are nowhere to be hidden. Shall we face the situation bravely or run away from it like a coward? What can we do in the first stage of handling waste at home?

The technique of filming makes Waste Not nothing near to boredom, but emotional and unforgettable, through its elements of catchy background music and beautiful montage of Mother Nature from dawn to dusk. Throughout these 26 minutes, the short film gives all audience a moment or two to reflect on what they are doing to either protect or destroy the current natural scenery. It is a film that truly offers a glimpse of hope… a film that touches your heart in the most magical way. TEC creates Waste Not to lead this recycling revolution as also an educational campaign to advocate a nationwide participation.

More importantly, environmentalists document their optimistic views and emphasize their joint mission to pursue a sustainable future for the next generation. Inspiring individuals will also share their real-life experiences and offer valuable tips to make golden opportunities out of "unwanted" garbage. A little twist can make a huge difference.

In fact, there are simple and possible ways to turn trash into treasure, according to Waste Not. Reverse Garbage is a big success of community business to reduce, reuse and recycle in Marrickville. It arranges specific categories by sorting out trash. The next step is up to customers to pick something that they find useful, valuable and important amongst all "junk". Besides, you will be amazed by Michael Mobbs's self-sufficient, eco-friendly and sewage-free home sweet home in Chippendale plus his amusing ways to conserve energy. At the same time, top Japanese restaurant Tetsuya's head chef will show you his wonderful garden, along with all the organic vegetations and herbs they plant in bringing you the highest quality cuisines of all times.

To find out more constructive approaches to building a Green nation, Waste Not encourages all audience to look on the bright side and focus on what you CAN do to stop throwing away the money of yours and taxpayers', and your conscience to save the planet. >No Impact Man in New York<

After all, it is better to start late than never. A greener future is, indeed, in your hands.

Synopsis: What keeps a 21st Century metropolis like Sydney clean and sparkling? Even as we hover on the brink of eco-crisis, an army of truck drivers, scientists, environmentalists, gardeners and even a famous chef are working to transform the mountains of stuff we throw away into something valuable again.

Please contact TEC for further details to purchase (unlimited showings - fees vary for business, government, councils and schools) or hire (fees vary according to number of showings). Ph: 02 92613437 or email:

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Why? Because the environment is ours!
Where: Sydney
Cost: Please check the price on TEC's official website
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