The Green Living Centre shopfront will be closed from Tuesday 16 April while it undergoes a serious makeover. When we return in May we'll have ramp access to make everyone's lives easier. We'll also have new recycling boxes and displays, including an interactive demonstration of the very latest in LED lighting. The best part? The whole new look is achieved with sustainable materials including bamboo, low VOC paint, LEDs and reused furniture.
The workshop program will continue as scheduled, and you'll still be able to contact us by phone, email and Facebook with any enquiries. We'll also continue to work with our amazing volunteers on a number of projects.
Green Living Centre Business Program
The Green Living Centre looks forward to continuing to work with local business to promote the culture of environmental sustainability in Newtown. Local businesses in the Newtown area are invited to participate in our free, community based environmental initiatives.
If you are a local business and you would like to find out more about how to make your business more sustainable or participate in the Green Living Centre projects please phone 95196366 or email email@example.com.
Current business projects
Bagbusters Bagshare in Newtown
Reduce the use of plastic bags! Many people have extra reusable shopping bags at home that can be donated to the Newtown Bagshare.
Businesses who join the program make available a supply of Bagshare bags inside the store. Customers who forget to bring their own shopping bag can use a Bagshare Bag, which can be returned to the Green Living Centre or to the retailer where they borrowed the bag.
As a business, the BagShare allows you to cut costs and help the environment by giving reusable bags to your customers for free. The Watershed will visit your business weekly to ensure you have a steady supply of clean BagShare bags. If your business would like to participate by collecting and/or distributing BagShare bags, contact the Green Living Centre on 9519 6366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Click here for more on Marrickville Council's Bagbusters program
No Butts in Newtown
Cigarette butts form up to 50% of litter, are highly toxic and take many years to break down. They pose a major threat to marine life as they enter the stormwater system.
The Green Living Centre's butt littering reduction program addresses this issue by providing smokers with free portable ashtrays to 'bin your butts'.
Since 2004 over 70 local businesses along King Street and Enmore Road have partnered with the Green Living Centre to distribute these personal ashtrays to the community. The ashtrays are made from recycled film canisters and more than 45,000 have been given away to date. The Green Living Centre continues to stock and maintain Butt Bin dispensers in a number of retailers in the Newtown area.
Real estate initiative
For real estate agents, the Green Living Centre can provide materials to help prevent illegal dumping. We can supply fliers and fridge magnets for you to include in your welcome and leaving packs to new and departing tenants. The "Welcome to the Neighbourhood" fridge magnet provides waste disposal alternatives for new tenants. The "Moving" flier provides handy tips on how tenants can dispose of any unwanted material before they move out. These materials are free for local real estate agents, help keep our streets clean of rubbish, and build your reputation as an environmental leader.
For more information about waste disposal and recycling services available in your local area,contact your local council.
- Marrickville Council - Target Sustainability @ Marrickville
- Marrickville Council - Bagbusters!
- City of Sydney - Village Green
- DECC - Sustainable Business
- Ethnic Communities of NSW - Waterless Wok Stoves
- Sydney Water - Water Saver Grant