By Claire Ottaviano
A RECORD 4000 seedlings were planted in only two hours to revegetate landfill sites last month.
A spokesman said the annual event was a highlight of the EMRC event calendar.
“Around this time of year staff and volunteers revegetate parts of the site with fresh tube stock to return it to a natural condition,” he said.
“Every year we tend to aim higher and plant more than the previous year.
“More than 4000 new plants will make a significant contribution to both the environment and the EMRC’s ongoing site revegetation program.”
Theo Kearing conducted a Welcome To Country and the Bindjareb Middars dance troupe performed a cultural dance in recognition of National Reconciliation Week.
“Once parts of the site used for landfill and other kinds of waste disposal are full, we go through a very intensive process of capping and sealing in the waste itself,” the EMRC spokesman said.
“We then revegetate with fresh trees and other vegetation on top of the site so after a couple of years they look completely natural.”
Earth Carers are members of the community who graduate from the EMRC Earth Carers course to learn practical ways of reducing waste at home and in the community.
Through the completion of the Earth Carers course, Earth Carers join a community of like-minded people and help to promote waste minimisation.