Monday, November 23, 2015

recycling at SORT boonah

Boonah SORT Recycling is our local community recycling hub. See our blogpost for more info. 

There are many varied items which can be taken to SORT to be reused or recycled. 

Drop in to SORT in the basement of the old church at 9 Church Street Boonah after 9am Monday to Thursday. Parking is available in the vacant lot accessed from Walter Street.

The following items are always welcome for community recycling initiatives: 

♦ IT equipment (working or not) including computers, monitors, keyboards, gaming consoles, mice, cables, printers, scanners etc
♦ sound and video media including VCRs, DVDs, stereos etc
♦ mobile phones and accessories for the Mobile Muster
♦ corks for the Girl Guides
♦ old plastic store and credit cards to fashion into guitar picks
♦ bras and swimmers for the Uplift Project
♦ household batteries for Aldi recycling
♦ aluminium cans for fundraising
♦ spectacles for the Lions Recycle for Sight Program
♦ cameras for Camera Recycle Australia
♦ printer cartridges for Cartridges 4 Planet Ark
♦ toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers for Terracycle
♦ beauty, cleaning and laundry triggers, pumps and taps for Terracycle
♦ sturdy fabric for bags, including tablecloths, curtains etc
♦ old tshirts and bed sheets for rug, bunting and bag making etc
♦ grain bags and hessian bags for bunting, bags and rugs
♦ pallets and crates for timberwork
♦ plant pots for the BOSS plant stall
♦ glass jars for jam makers

Phone them on 5463 1515 or send them an email if you'd like to get in touch. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

bus trip to the climate march

we're organising a bus to go to the people's climate march on Saturday November 28.

the march starts at 9am, so we'll be meeting at 7am for an early start.

after the march, we'll drop in somewhere for a tasty lunch before our trip home.

$10 per person, please email or phone if you'd like to reserve a seat.

Friday, October 23, 2015

SORT recycling boonah

a great new recycling opportunity has opened in Boonah.

SORT is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to enhance recycling while also creating new jobs for disadvantaged job-seekers.
they work on-the-ground in remote, regional and urban communities around Australia and have recently started in Boonah.
over the next six months, SORT Boonah aims to refurbish 100 Computers for local kids. SORT job seekers canvas donations of computers, learn how to check and disassemble computers before reviewing and refurbishing the computer to strict Microsoft Refurbisher standards.
SORT works with major national welfare agencies to co-ordinate the distribution of the ‘Computers for Boonah and District Kids.’
it’s expected that another 200 or so computers will be dismantled into parts for reuse or further recycling.
everyone is invited to contribute to the success of this venture by donating any surplus computers and related equipment, such as cables, keyboards, monitors, mice etc.
SORT is located in the basement at 9 Church Street, Boonah. for larger donations, they are happy to discuss suitable collection arrangements and can even provide a Certificate of Security for the destruction of any data on computer and printer hard drives at a small fee, if required.
contact them via phone on 5463 1515 email or find them on facebook.

other local SORT sites include Beaudesert, Ipswich and Inala. find them on facebook.

cow pat collecting

last year, we spent a lovely morning collecting cow manure in a high paddock in mt alford. so we're doing it again this weekend.

we're collecting it to mix with soil to make great potting mix for the plants at the BOSS plant stall.

we're meeting in front of the mt alford school of arts at 8.30am, to then go to the farmer's paddock to fill a couple of uteloads.

if you miss the convoy, the paddock is on anders road. just follow your nose til you see the cars.

please bring your water bottle, wear closed in shoes, gloves and a box to carry the poo to the ute.

this shouldn't take too long, and then we'll go back, have some brunch, and then a quick meeting.

please bring a plate of food to share. if you can make it, that would be great :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

community clothes swap

We'll be celebrating National Recycling Week again this year with our annual community Clothes Swap at the Cultural Centre on Saturday November 7 between 9am and 1pm.

Held simultaneously with the Cultural Foundation's Bookfest, another great recycling event, the Clothes Swap includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories. 

If you bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories to participate, then it's free to swap, or otherwise, only a gold coin donation to buy.

Upcycled bags will be available to purchase, and there'll be displays and demonstrations of some great upcycled textile ideas. 

Clothes Swaps promote the perks of reuse and recycling and are great for the environment, but they’re also a fun and interactive way to refresh your wardrobes and cleanse your collections for free, making it a budget-friendly alternative to buying new.

Swapping just one suitcase (20kg) of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for 1.7 years.

We invite people to participate and bring along a few items to swap, or just come and talk to us and learn more about the broader theme of minimising waste.

As well as the focus on clothes, it's a great opportunity to bring along things which BOSS collects for recycling initiatives, which include

  • mobile phones and accessories for the mobile muster
  • corks and household batteries for recycling
  • old plastic store cards to be upcycled into guitar picks
  • old running shoes for the nike re-use-a-shoe campaign, and
  • bras and swimmers for project uplift
  • household batteries
  • fabric for bags and other crafts, including tablecloths, curtains and sheets,

We’ll also have information there on recent innovations in recycling, including toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, and other cleaning and beauty product packaging, soft plastics and ewaste.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

our new committee

our recent AGM elected a new committee with
  • President           Chris Bowman
  • Vice President    Barb Williams
  • Secretary          Julie Jackson
  • Treasurer          Alison Hosken
thank you to our outgoing executive members, JTax Accounting who audited our accounts, and our subcommittee chairs who provided reports outlining our efforts of the last year.

we look forward to a new year with some meaningful and fun projects and events.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOSS AGM and general meetings

members and friends are invited to our AGM and general meeting. we aim to plant a couple of trees and have some afternoon tea prior to our meeting.
the meeting will be held in the activities room at the Boonah primary school, and will start at 3pm on sunday august 16. 

please consider a position on the executive or maybe as a committee member.

please arrive around 2pm and bring a plate to share. we'll have tea and coffee available. 
RSVPs would be appreciated.

remember our meetings are now held monthly on the third sunday. all the dates are listed online for 2015 on our calendar of events.

we would love to see some new (and old) faces. everyone is welcome.