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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2010
Community support required
to help 'Give Our Streets the
You might have made the switch to energy-efficient globes at home; now
here's your chance to help us make the switch in your street through the
'Give Our Streets the Green Light' campaign.
Council is calling on community members to get behind efforts to replace
our old 1980s street lighting technology with new energy-efficient street
lights on all local roads.
Public lights are a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and
Council is committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and 40 other municipalities are
calling on the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments to help fund a bulk
changeover to new energy-efficient lights by contributing one-third each,
with local government, to change street lighting over to an energy-efficient
The 'Give Our Streets the Green Light' campaign aims to achieve a reduction
of 78,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and a $7 million cost
saving to Victorian local government each year. Over the life of the lights,
that equals 341,917 cars off the road for a year.
The greenhouse gas emission savings will form a significant part of Council's
carbon reduction target.
Community support is needed to help get the Victorian and Commonwealth
Governments to commit to funding this initiative in partnership with local
You can show your support by filling out the online petition on the campaign
website www.greenlightourstreets.org.au. The website also contains
downloadable fact sheets, posters and other resources. The campaign aims
to get as many signatures as possible between now and 31 August 2010.
This is a great way for Council and our community to positively work together
to ensure a greener future for all.
BlinkyBulb achieving great
The BlinkyBulb recycling project was launched in June 2009 to provide
residents with a convenient, safe and a cost-free way to recycle used,
mercury containing, fluorescent tubes and CFL globes.
Since the start of the project, over 6,000 fluorescent tubes and CFL globes
have been recycled. Recycling fluorescent tubes and CFL globes is a simple
and easy way to protect the environment from mercury poisoning.
Over 10,000 tonnes of mercury contaminated waste goes into landfills
across Australia every year. By recycling used fluorescent tubes/globes,
the BlinkyBulb project prevents a significant source of mercury pollution
from going into landfill.
Fluorescent tubes and CFL globes are ideal for recycling:
• Aluminium from the tube ends is separated and recycled into new
aluminium products such as drink cans.
• The glass is recycled into glass wool for home insulation batts.
• The phosphor powder is used to manufacture agricultural fertiliser.
Council, together with a number of Ballarat businesses, are participating
in the BlinkyBulb project by offering to be a collection point for the tubes/
The BlinkyBulb project has been developed by the Rotary International
District 9780 Preserve Planet Earth (Water and Environment) Committee
and Highlands Regional Waste Management Group.
To find out more about the project and to find your nearest BlinkyBulb
collection point visit www.blinkybulb.com.au
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