The project involves two mobile education units
used to service two distinct regions of the state. The first unit
is the LAWMAC education bus ('Kerby') to service 29 local governments
in northern Qld. The LAWMAC bus is a mobile waste education unit
officially launched at the LAWMAC meeting in Townsville, September
at the 2005 Ecofiesta
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The bus features static and interactive displays designed to assist
young people’s understanding of recycling and its importance
to a sustainable future. The bus is divided into several settings
which demonstrate different recycling options for different environments.
These include a kitchen, backyard and park.
The bus is shared between Queensland's 30 regional
local authorities during the next two years. There is also room
inside the bus, for local authorities to display their own information.
The second unit, is a trailer and is operated by
Toowoomba City Council and utilised by councils in the Eastern Downs
region as part of a coordinated approach to waste minimisation.
The material contained in each unit is generic but councils can
tailor programs to met local requirements and provide schools and
the community information on their areas specified recycling system.
'Kerby' and its high tech counterpart have received
warm welcomes in the northern shires by schools and the community.
The Eastern Downs trailer is also in high demand.
Both education units have also been revamped to
include the ‘Recyclable Steel’ logo on its labelling.
LAWMAC came up with the idea of the waste education bus to keep the
far-flung population informed about recycling. ‘The bus is very
user-friendly and it allows visitors to learn about recycling and
waste management issues with hands-on experience,’ says Cr.
Dave Egan, Deputy Mayor of Douglas Shire Council and Chair of LAWMAC.
'kerby' - Waste Education
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An example of increased recycling from a mobile
waste education unit is in the LAWMAC area where their waste education
bus has a significant effect in the 40 tonne per annum recycling
increase in the Nebo Shire Council.