Hunter Waste Education Group (HWEG)
The Hunter Waste Education Group (HWEG) consists of local and state government educators from within the Hunter Region, NSW. These educators work in the environmental field, specifically in waste and sustainability education.
HWEG members work together to identify, develop and foster regional partnership project opportunities for member organisations. HWEG members also share information and resources. In this way HWEG can offer better-resourced and more regionally consistent education projects to members of the Hunter community.
Seven Wicked Wastes
There are many waste products that we generate as we go about our lives, like motor oil, mobile phones and printer cartridges, that really shouldn’t go into either of our bins at home. Sometimes this is because the wastes can cause significant environmental harm if they are disposed to landfill or disposed incorrectly. Motor oil and paint are examples of this. It only takes 1mL of oil to pollute 1,000 L of water. Sometimes it is a terrible waste of valuable resources. For example, when mobile phones are recycled one tonne of circuit boards produces the same amount of gold as mining 110 tonnes of gold.
Generally when you recycle materials and make them in to new products, there are significant energy, water and greenhouse gas savings compared to mining and producing those same products from raw materials. For example, making aluminium from scrap rather than virgin materials uses 95% less energy and recycling steel requires 80% less energy than making steel from raw materials.
2012 Waste As Art