The Return & Earn Container Deposit Scheme vending machine was installed last week in Lismore (opposite Lismore Shopping Square) and is being well utilised.
Refunds are provided as a voucher to be redeemed at a participating retailer, a direct payment to your bank account via PayPal, or a donation to one of the charities shown on screen.
Hopefully I will be able to advise the location of other collection points throughout the electorate soon.
Recently I have attended graduation ceremonies at Summerland Christian College and Nimbin Central School for Rural Fire Service cadets completing the RFS High School Cadet program.
It has been wonderful to see so many students participating and showing an interest in bush firefighting and community awareness. Congratulations to all those involved.
Grants are available for councils, not-for-profits, community groups and businesses to help tackle food waste. There are two streams of funding available designed to increase awareness of food waste and how to reduce it.
The first stream is open to councils, not-for-profits, community groups and businesses to support households to reduce food waste. Successful applicants will receive grants of up to $20,000 to rollout Food Smart, a month-long interactive program that provides households with six-steps to measure and reduce their food waste.
The second stream is for business education. Under this program, food businesses, such as cafes or restaurants with 10 outlets or more than 50 employees, councils, not-for-profits and community groups can apply for grants of up to $30,000 for one year or $60,000 for two years. Successful applicants will roll out the Your Business is Food program to help businesses measure their food waste and undertake actions to reduce it.
For more information, visit: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/organics-infrastructure-fund/love-food-hate-waste-education. Applications close 22 December 2017.