The Big Aussie Swap

September 10th, 2014 | | news

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 3.03.12 pmNational Recycling Week will be held from 10 – 16 November this year, and Planet Ark is challenging tourism businesses to join the recycling charge.

Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week as a community education campaign in 1996, to bring national focus to recycling and minimising waste. Since then, recycling items like paper, printer cartridges, steel cans, beverage containers and other packaging has become part of our lives.

One issue that is particularly relevant to travellers is the problem of electronic waste (E-waste). This includes electronic products such as mobiles, computers and batteries.  Australians are among the most rapid adopters of new technology in the world, with an estimated 29 million TVs and computers reaching their end-of-life between 2011-2012, and under 20 per cent being recycled.

Planet Ark wants to increase awareness of these issues and help people and businesses understand how they can easily recycle these electronic items to help stop the E-Waste epidemic.  People on-the-go can find local information and places to take their old electronics Australia-wide at

Popular events such as the ‘Friday File Fling’ on Friday 14 November provide an opportunity for businesses (and individuals) to give their unwanted files the flick. Think of all those tonnes of high-quality office paper currently stored away in the unused files of Australian offices, just waiting to be recycled and put back into circulation. Set aside the date and de-clutter those filing cabinets you haven’t looked at for years, and give the paper another life.

Another event, ‘The Big Aussie Swap’ is designed to get businesses, community and social groups recycling, as well as a fun and free way to help the environment. At this ‘sharing economy-style’ marketplace you exchange items for tokens, then swap the token for items brought by others. Any group can organise their own „swap” which will be held at various locations across the country. There is also a recycle challenge for schools.

Find details of your nearest Big Aussie Swap location or how to host your own at or call the National Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712.

Written by Kris Madden