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Trashapoloozaha! Comes to Embro

Trashapoloozaha! 4 is hoping to divert good items away from the landfill.

EMBRO - "One persons trash is another persons treasure" - that's the motto for the 4th edition of Trashapoloozaha! at the Embro Community Centre tomorrow where you can drop off your unwanted items for others to search through in an effort to keep unnecessary products out of the landfill.  Oxford People Against the Landfill Volunteer Coordinator, Paul Weeks, offers a brief history on how this event came to be. "We were kind of getting the push back on being a group trying to fight against the landfill.  We got to the point where people were saying there is still a lot of garbage being thrown around the Ingersoll and Zorra areas, and that you don't really practice what you preach necessarily.  We started looking at our own cases and thinking we have to start doing something to be proactive, and tried to keep stuff out of landfills, basically Trashapoloozaha 4 is just a swap meet and garage sale."        

Paul Weeks wants everyone to understand the price of items will accommodate all budgets.  "Everything is free, everything is brought in on a basis as something that they don't want, they don't want to throw it in the landfill, but they want to give it to somebody that might use it.  Anything that can be recycled, we go back to recycling they take some of the building materials that we can't get rid of.  We try to get rid of most of what we can and a very limited amount goes to the landfill, we send it to the United Way and they will take some of the goods."           

The event that has made stops in Foldens, Ingersoll, and Sweaburg will now be in Embro with Weeks adding that the community support has been great, with hopes of another huge success on the way, and if more events like this take place the better the awareness will be.  "There is a lot of stuff that gets tossed out especially in the large article pickup that really is a reusable product, and stuff that might be one person's junk is another persons treasure.  It is kind of embarrassing as a community to see this happening, so we have given an opportunity to kind of recycle some of the stuff back to useable products for people that are handy at doing crafts or fixing things up."           

Due to the fact that everything is free Weeks is urging the public to prepare to come early so you don't miss the best selection as the event runs from 8-4pm.   

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