6 February 2023

St Paul’s recycling program a way of building relationships

Christine Haines wants to inspire her community to recycle household products they would normally send to landfill. Image: Supplied.

Kirralee Nicolle

31 August 2022

Recycling programs are a way for the church to be even more relevant to the community, a Melbourne Anglican parishioner says.

St Paul’s East Kew is looking to host a Community Recycling Campaign for items which would normally be sent to landfill.

The program would be organised through TerraCycle, an international initiative which partners with brands to offer pathways to recycling for household goods. The items include used beauty products, oral care products, coffee capsules and pet food bags.

Christine Haines was the parishioner looking to begin the initiative. She said she was a long-term member of St Paul’s and a mum who was passionate about recycling.

“It’s a very practical demonstration that we care about this beautiful world we’ve been given,” she said.

“That’s how I see the church being relevant. It’s all about building relationships and connections and saying we care.”

Ms Haines said she had noticed a frustration in the community with a lack of action on climate. She said she had gotten a sense that those in the community around St Paul’s would be interested in having a central location to take items such as aerosols, blister packs and makeup containers.

“There is more we can recycle that isn’t made available to us through our council recycling or REDcycle,” Ms Haines said.

“It’s a way for our church to say this is important to us.”

She said they were looking for expressions of interest in the program, as without enough interest it would not be able to go ahead.

“It can only happen with community support and buy-in,” Ms Haines said.

To contact St Paul’s East Kew and register your interest in being involved, email spek.recycle@gmail.com.

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