Bendigo residents are being asked to cut down on their waste as part of the Bendigo Towards Zero Waste Challenge.
The challenge, run by the Bendigo Sustainability Group, calls on residents to minimise their waste usage for a month in order to combat our ever-growing landfills.
The challenge, with starts on Monday, runs for a month, and according to BSG member Michele Huthnance, challenges participants to reduce their waste usage by 80 per cent.
“My vision is to have a No Junk Month, similar to Earth Hour that began in Australia and is now a worldwide event,” she said.
“As far as we know, this is the first time anything like this has been done in Bendigo and surrounding areas and we hope it will spread to other towns in the future.”
The challenge is being launched on Saturday in Pall Mall, at Lansell Gardens, next to the war memorial, at 8.30am.
“We will have short films running in a marquee, including Story of Stuff, The Great Garbage Patch,” Michelle said.
“We will also have artists and their work made from recycled and repurposed junk, musicians whose instruments are made from reused materials, a composting and worm farming workshop and heaps more.
“We’re also trying to get people to register for the challenge at our website or a registration point on the day, and collect a sticker to put on their bin, as well as find out helpful waste reducing tips.”
You can register and find out more about the challenge at www.zerowastechallenge.com.au.