Waste to Art

Blue Mountains City Council has run the Community Waste 2 Art (W2A) Project for over 10 years.

Waste 2 Art aims to encourage the whole community to rethink their own waste and promote a low waste lifestyle through 'Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle' actions.

This year's Waste to Art sculpture will take the iconic form of a Powerful-Owl nest. The Powerful-Owl is a threatened species which can be found across the Blue Mountains in old growth forests. The sculpture will be made at community workshops, from waste materials including discarded fabrics, textiles and soft plastics all woven together.

On average Australians are buying 27kg of new clothes and textiles annually. Blue Mountains residents' throw over 20kg of clothes in household garbage bins every year, with even more coming in from local charities.

Help us create the Powerful-Owl nest and learn different weaving techniques in one of the free weaving workshops.

To book onto the Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon session or for general enquiries about these weaving workshops please email carolyn@branchingout.com.au

The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are drop in style, so pop in at a time convenient  for you. For more information please email carolyn@branchingout.com.au.

Saturday 13 April Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood

  • Morning Session (Please Book) - String Making and Looping 
  • 10:30am to 3:30pm (Drop In Meeting Room 1) - Coiling and Bundling

Sunday, 14 April Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba

  • Afternoon Session (Please Book) - Random Weave and Bundling Nest debris
  • 10am to 3:30pm (Drop In Workshop Room) - Coiling and Bundling

Monday, 15 April Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood 

  • 9:30am to 3:30pm (Drop In Meeting Room 1) - String making and Twine Weaving

Tuesday, 16 April Mid Mountains Community Centre, Lawson

  • 9:30am to 3:30pm (Drop In Mavis Wood Hall) - Coiling and Bundling

Wednesday, 17 April Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood

  • 9:30am to 3:30pm (Drop in Meeting Room 1) - Finish off sculpture

If you are unable to join us for the workshop, we encourage all residents to pledge to Reduce, Reuse and Repair, saving resources like water and energy that go into manufacturing new clothes. Come along to the free launch on 1 June and attend our low waste lifesytle and declutter workshop. 

Waste to Art is an initiative of NetWaste, a voluntary local government waste network with 28 member councils across regional NSW.

Love Food Hate Waste

In 2017 we ran a number of free Love Food Hate Waste workshops throughout the mountains.

These workshops provided guidance on meal planning, using leftovers, storing food correctly as well as demystifying composting.

At the time EPA data showed us that on average $1000 is being lost on food waste by every household every year. New figures recently released now estimate this to be closer $4000 each year which is a staggering amount. Visit lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au an EPA run resource for tips, ideas and downloads on reducing food waste and saving money in your home.

Stay tuned for details of new workshop dates, here and on our Facebook page.

Markets

We enjoyed having so many visitors at our stalls at Springwood Growers Market and Glenbrook Fine Foods Market last year. It was great to hear how passionate so many residents are about reducing household waste to landfill.

If you missed out, we will be running more waste information stalls at local markets in the future. So if you have questions on recycling, are keen to know how to compost, or just want some tips on reducing waste…come and say hi. There’ll be some great environmentally conscious giveaways too!