THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE’S NEW BINS
If you’ve been around our venue recently, you may have noticed our new and improved, streamlined, and (some might even say) sexy coloured bins.
But, why would a bin catch your eye? Because here at The Blue Room Theatre, we care about sustainability initiatives no matter how big or small, so we’ve launched our own war on waste.
Heralded by our sustainability committee and resident waste aficionado Salacia Briggs, we have updated our systems for disposal. With the knowledge that Australia is one of the most wasteful nations in the developed world, The Blue Room Theatre wants to do our part to reducing our environmental impact and continue to work to become a carbon neutral theatre by 2020.
As members and guests of The Blue Room Theatre, you’ll know that our space is your space; and whether you’ve made lunch in our kitchen, want to recycle a script or dispose of that coffee cup, you can do your part to help the environment and dispose efficiently. So, for our sustainability blog this month, we’re going to clue you in on all things trash so that next time you’re at The Blue Room Theatre, you know where it’s meant to go.
ORGANIC WASTE (COMPOST)
– Food, glorious food
– Tea, coffee + tea bags
– Paper towels + tissues
– Small wood items
– Garden waste
– Hair, lint, dust, dirt + the random ball of fluff that finds its way into pockets and belly-buttons
Rules for recycling vary in each council jurisdiction, so don’t get your knickers in a knot if you can’t recycle these things at home – you’ve got the go ahead from us for:
– Paper, cardboard + cartons (including your coffee cup!)
– Plastic off all shapes + sizes
– Makeup wipes and chemical tissues
– x Styrofoam – who’s using this nowadays any how?
– x Bottle caps
Tip: if you can rinse food/liquid waste out of the bottle/plastic/can please do. Some councils will refuse to take the recycling if there is any food product left in the container.
– Bottled cooking oil
– Nappies + baby wipes – ever heard of the great tissue issue? Check this out and you will never ever flush those pesky wipes down the toilet again
– Anything else!
Batteries are heavy on the metals and other toxins so if in doubt put them aside and check with your local council when they are doing their next pick up.
WHY THE BIG FUSS?
Food scraps are the number one material sent to landfills. How silly is that!? Trapped by trash and plastic, organic waste doesn’t get the chance to break down like it can (and we don’t meant on the dance-floor), so it just makes sense to return organic waste to the earth in which it was grown where it assists with water retention and reduces the need for chemical fertilisers – neato! Basically when deprived of oxygen (your average plastic bin bag) organic waste putrefies and turns into methane and alkaline water, so instead of returning as nutrition for the land our food scraps contribute to making our planet warmer and our soil and waterways toxic. By separating compostable materials from landfill, we also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our reliance on fossil fuels; not to mention that it is simply delicious for the land and embraces the natural circle, I mean cycle, of life.
Recyclable materials also play their part in saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. Through conserving national resources such as timber, water and minerals, recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste through scaling down the need to collect new raw material. We all know the debate around plastic bags, but there’s no question on how much plastic we use and how devastating it is on our waterways, not to mention takes a bazillion years to disintegrate. So the next time you think you are being helpful by neatly packaging the last of your tasty treats (so much fried good stuff in Northbridge and now pretzels!) in a plastic bag and then throwing them in the bin. Think again. Please. And while you’re at it follow this conversation with Waleed Aly and get behind your own local governments push to ban single use plastic bags.
Yes – it requires a touch more effort, but sorting out your waste will only take you a few extra moments and the benefits for the environment are worth it. So don’t be a grouch, and get around our bins for a better future.
Image: The Trembling Giant (Those Who Love You) by Tashi Hall