A dedicated group of local volunteers are encouraging the community to recycle newspapers at Jack’s Shed.
Jack’s shed, located in the Aquarena carpark, is run by around 10 volunteers from the Aquarena User Group which consists of various organisations that use the pool.
The group is encouraging locals to utilise the facility to recycle their newspapers, and also to think about joining the group as a volunteer.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn commended the group on their contribution to the community.
“Not only is this amazing volunteer group helping the environment by recycling newspapers for our community, but the money they make from the recycling goes straight back into the community,” he said.
“Approximately $20,000 is raised every year and is used to improve the Aquarena.
“I’d encourage the community to consider dropping their newspapers off for recycling and think about joining to help the group.”
Funds from the newspapers being recycled have gone to a number of additions at the Aquarena including lane ropes, starting blocks, drink fountains, new inflatable equipment and also contributions to the build of the crèche.
The group recycles approximately two tonnes of newspaper a week which is transported to Perth every two to three months to be recycled.
The newspapers are recycled into things such as soil stabilisation, insulation and sound proofing materials.
User Group volunteers collect newspapers from various drop off points, sort the newspapers removing any glossy inserts, stack the newspapers into piles and then bundle them to be placed onto a pallet for collection.
Potential volunteers looking to join can put in as little as 1-2 hours a week. There is no skill or heaving lifting involved.
Community members are encouraged to drop their newspapers off at the Shed, taking out any glossy inserts, removing any plastic and unfold them to have them in a flat stack.
Opening hours for Jack’s Shed coincide with the same opening hours from the Aquarena – 5:30am-7pm during the week and 9am-4pm on weekends in Winter. During Summer, the Shed is open 5:30am-8pm during the week and 9am-6pm on weekends.
For more information and to join the User Group, contact the Aquarena on 9956 6906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org