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[7 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on Sourcing Project Materials On eBay | ]
Sourcing Project Materials On eBay

See some of my recent scores from eBay, along with tips on how to find the good stuff.

Frugality, Household, Illawarra Organisations, Waste »

[29 Sep 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Illawarra Freecycle

FreeCycle is a great way to give a new life to stuff you no longer want, and to divert still-useful waste from landfill tips. Here are some of the useful things I’ve picked up…

Frugality, Growing Food, Permaculture, Waste, Water »

[17 Jun 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Mulch Delivery

We had 9 cubic metres (4.6 tons) of mulch delivered – and I have to move it all by wheelbarrow!

Keeping Animals, Preparing Food, Waste »

[16 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Feeding Swill To Pigs

There was a little bit of discussion about feeding scraps to pigs on my original entry about our pig project. There are quite strict laws around the feeding of scraps and waste to pigs in Australia (and many other countries), and you really need to make sure you’re doing the right thing.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has a good fact sheet on swill feeding. I’ve summarised some of the info below for interest, but don’t rely on my wording – read the original for yourself if you’re planning …

Electricity, Science and Technology, Waste »

[5 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Australia, and many other countries around the world, are legislating to phase out the sale of incandescent light bulbs. It is estimated that this initiative will reduce Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 800,000 tonnes of CO2-e; not bad, but it’s still only 0.14% of our total emissions. That said, any saving is progress.

I’ve previously published about my own experience of switching from low-voltage halogen downlights to CFL downlights

In the past couple of weeks I’ve had several people express concern to me that the mercury in a CFL poses …

Electricity, Science and Technology, Waste »

[3 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Cleaning Up Broken CFLs

Not long ago I dropped and broke a compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) in the garage. D’oh!

I had a vague recollection that there’s a procedure you should follow to safely clean up broken CFLs, due to the small amount of mercury inside them. So, geek that I am, I jumped on the computer to look up what to do.

The best instructions I found were from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) web site. To summarise (this is for hard surfaces, like the garage floor):

Before anything else, air …

Waste »

[4 Mar 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
So What Can We Do With Old TVs Today?

Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/h2oalchemist/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The proper disposal of ewaste (electronic waste – old TVs, stereos, computers, faxes, printers, etc) is becoming a significant issue. These products contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium, beryllium and brominated flame retardents.

People are upgrading to flat-screen TVs in record numbers, leaving them with huge unwanted CRT TVs taking up space in the garage. The rapid rate at which computers, mobile phones, DVD players, games consoles, GPS units and other gadgets are released and then obsoleted means they’re piling up around the TVs …

Illawarra Councils, Waste »

[9 Jul 2009 | 14 Comments | ]

We had another meeting of the Kiama Council Sustainability Advisory Committee tonight, and as always it was a fascinating and stimulating discussion.

One of the topics that came up was the question of whether Kiama could ditch plastic bags. There was a newspaper article in October last year where the Council announced its intention to do so, and there is a Land And Sea – Plastic Free page on the Council website, but not much seems to have happened in this area.

Huskisson, just an hour or so down the coast (and …

Growing Food, Waste »

[5 May 2009 | 39 Comments | ]
DIY Tumbling Compost Bin

Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on a store-bought tumbling compost bin – you can make one yourself for !

Electricity, Transport, Waste, Water »

[13 Feb 2009 | 6 Comments | ]

If you live in Australia, did you know that you can now access green retrofits for your house for free?

Check out all the sustainable retrofit rebates available here in Australia. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and find your state ones, too.

You could get a rainwater tank, a solar hot water system, solar electricity, roof insulation or a number of other items.

OK, maybe I’m a bit cheeky calling this stuff ‘free’. Some certainly is (like the free roof insulation), but some you will still have to pay something for …