Recycling on holidays Immediate Release 10 November 2008 It‟s getting closer to summer holiday time and many people pack up and head for the Murray River or other relaxing camping spots in the many parks and reserves managed by Parks Victoria. Spending time in the great outdoors is a fantastic way to relax and unwind, as well as enjoy the documented health benefits that come from having contact with nature. Looking after our parks and reserves and ensuring they are special places to visit is one way of looking after our own health. Keeping our parks and rivers clean is a big part of looking after the environment! While you are enjoying your holiday you can help to do this by recycling and reducing the amount of waste you need to take away for disposal. “Reducing the amount of waste you generate on holidays is the best way to keep the Murray River litter free,” said Ranger in Charge Kane Weeks. Here are some simple tips to help you have a rubbish free holiday: o Plan before you leave home to minimise or avoid waste as much as possible. o When purchasing supplies look for bulk packaging and avoid individual packets and wrappers o Take plenty of reusable containers and store any food in them o Use reusable plates, bowls, cups and cutlery – it will save you money and also reduce rubbish o Say „no‟ to plastic bags and take your own reusable bags or ask for a box o Buy fresh produce that comes in its own compostable packaging to take home and compost o Pack some garbage bags with you – some for your rubbish and some for your recyclables. When you pack up your camping site along the Murray River, you‟re encouraged to sort your rubbish and recycle as much of it as you can! Transfer stations and landfill facilities are available in many towns right along the Murray River where you can easily dispose of your waste and recyclables. Many of the parks along the River have signage advising the location of the nearest transfer station or landfill, or you can check with the local council. If you simply separate out your recyclable materials you can reduce the amount of waste you have to pay to dispose of. You can recycle the following items at transfer stations and landfills: aluminium cans, steel cans, glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard, and plastics (codes 1-7). Encouraging more responsible waste management is part of a range of efforts by multiple land management agencies and councils that make up the Murray River Litter Management Taskforce, which aims to minimise the impacts of campers and day visitors who come to the region in the holiday season. Media Enquiries Tanya Smith Tel 5430 4684 or 0448 572 342 Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.