Monday, 02 November 2015 09:43

Garage sale fever hits Western Sydney

Barry Du Bois launches Garage Sale Trail at Emerton Youth Centre, Blacktown City Council Barry Du Bois launches Garage Sale Trail at Emerton Youth Centre, Blacktown City Council

Foragers, treasure hunters and savvy sellers jumped into gear this month as Garage Sale Trail fever swept across Western Sydney on October 24.

2015 was the first year that Garage Sale Trail has run right across the region with seven councils and hundreds of motivated sellers getting involved.

The Western Sydney arm of the event was launched at Emerton Youth Centre by Blacktown Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jacqueline Donaldson, and Garage Sale Trail ambassador, Barry Du Bois, who called on Western Sydney residents to think about how an item could be reused or resold before throwing it away.

“There is always a market for your goods, there is someone out there hunting for what you have in your garage,” said Mr Du Bois.

"It was great to visit the Emerton Recreation Centre and meet all the kids. I had a lot of fun. It was awesome to be able to impart some of my knowledge onto the kids in the hope that they are now inspired to repurpose and re-use every day items,” he said.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said it was great to see so many Western Sydney residents get involved in reuse and recycling through Garage Sale Trail.

“Western Sydney residents put around 54,000 tonnes of ‘stuff’ out on the kerb for council clean up each year. 48, 000 tonnes of this goes to landfill.”

“Councils are working hard to prevent waste any way they can, and this month’s Garage Sale Trail was a fun, innovative way for residents to get involved,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We hope the event encouraged residents to think about waste and showed that there is always someone out there who may have use for what you are throwing away.”

Participating councils include: Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

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