Waste & Recycling
- Created on Monday, 04 April 2011 12:01
TEC's campaign to save resources and keep waste off the streets and out of landfills has been built around major campaigns, our award winning film Waste Not, and the interactive educational wastenot website. Recycling is an essential bet to save the planet as we move towards a zero waste, maximum resource efficiency economy - and it is something you can easily do to participate in saving the planet from pollution, permanent damage to our eco-systems, and runaway climate change.
Through the Waste Not campaign and documentary resources TEC is spearheading community and industry education, as well as community actions. To host a screening or purchase a copy for your school, community or business, you can check the sliding scale of rates on the license to show.
In our capacity as environment advocates working with the community; and advising government on policy and legislation, TEC has driven the highly popular CDS (Container Deposit Scheme) campaign, and the push for national e-waste recycling infrastructure. We are currently engaged with dozens of other environment groups under the Boomerang Alliance, in the battle against PACKAGING, LITTER AND ITS LANDFILLING and plastic debris. Packaging litter is destroying marine life all over the world. A National Container Deposit System is the simplest way to encourage the recycling of used beverage containers (over 8 billion are landfilled or littered each year). Assigning a monetary value to the discarded packaging encourages the community to collect bottles and cans to claim the ten cent refund. This system of container deposits has worked effectively all over the world, and in South Australia for the past 30 years. TEC is also working on other products such as TYRES which must be recycled properly instead of being dumped illegally or exported as hazardous waste. We are also working on batteries.
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TEC produced the inspirational award winning 26min documentary film, Waste Not, in 2011 to show people the beauty of garbage. The film also tracks who keeps our cities clean and how an army of scientists, gardeners and even young chefs are working to transform the city's mountains of waste into something valuable again. It has proved to be a highly effective and entertaining educational tool in schools, TAFE's universities and corporations. Waste Not works for all age groups!
"Waste Not is not a romance or a thriller, but this film has a powerful message!" Sarah Clarke, ABC TV Environment Reporter.
"It is the first environment film I've seen which hasn't made me want to run from the cinema screaming 'We are all going to die!'" Carla Khoo, Manager of Environmental Communications and Engagement, National Australia Bank.
"Waste Not is an incredibly important film. It makes the invisible visible. It puts real faces on the many people and systems working in the otherwise hidden world of waste management - a world which touches all our lives yet seldom enters our thoughts. Even more importantly, it goes beyond waste management, beyond extolling the virtues of recycling, to propose a solution both radical and simple: we need to stop using so much stuff. We need to get off this consumer frenzied take-make-waste treadmill and create a better way to live - more sustainably, more healthy and way more fun. Congratulations to Total Environment Center for charting the way forward!" Filmmaker and environmentalist, Annie Leonard.
Waste Not was funded by a City of Sydney Environment Grant in 2010, to explore how recycling will help Australians to transition to a new green economic paradigm. In 2013 we launched the interactive WASTE NOT WEBSITE which is loaded with resources, including hundreds of curriculum matched learning activities for students of English, Geography, Art and Science; fun videos made by musicians and other artists; interviews with our waste heroes; a history of waste; and more information on our campaigns. The website was funded by the Pratt and Myer foundations through Documentary Australia Foundation, and designed by Monica Monin for TEC.
ABC News report on Waste Not (8 April 2011)
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