The organisers of Primex 2010 (17-19 June) understand the importance of caring for the environment in order to sustain the primary industry sector and regional communities, both now and into the future, the North East Waste Forum says.

Primex are continuing to integrate more sustainable practices into their annual event, including a strategic Waste Management Program in partnership with Richmond Valley Council, the North East Waste Forum (NEWF), Southern Cross University and North Coast TAFE, to make the Primary Industry Exhibition ‘Waste Wise’.

The aim is to minimise waste, maximise recycling and reduce the waste that ends up going to landfill from the event.

Primex organiser Bruce Wright said: “As a Waste Wise Event we are focused on waste avoidance as a priority.

“All exhibitors and stall holders are encouraged to avoid any unnecessary and non-recyclable packaging, particularly for the serving of food and drinks, and to recycle all cardboard boxes and drink containers.

“We will be providing numerous waste and recycling bin stations at convenient locations across the exhibition site and request that participants and visitors ‘recycle right’ by using the right bin for the right thing.

“These small steps will not only reduce the volume of waste to landfill, but will also save valuable natural resources and reduce pollution and littering.”

The NEWF’s ‘Green House’ mobile waste education unit with street performer ‘PET’ will be visiting Primex again this year to show how easy it is to be ‘waste wise’. 

The Green House promotes sustainable lifestyles, waste avoidance and efficient energy and water use through smart shopping, reuse, composting and recycling – simple things we can all do every day that can make a big difference to the future of our world.

PICTURE: North East Waste Forum Green House performer PET with Kirsty Howton (SCU) and Alicia Bales (TAFE NSW) at PRIMEX 2009.