Learn how to transform trash into treasure

It’s time to breathe new life into something old and worn out.

It’s time to breathe new life into something old and worn out.

The Comox Strathcona waste management service hopes to inspire residents to turn trash into treasure. CSWM will have Gayle Bates, waste reduction educator, on-site at the compost education centre at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Bates will explore ways to reuse, recycle and remake broken furniture, accessories and toys, and turn them into something new and unique. She encourages people to use their imaginations rather than simply tossing things out and filling up valuable landfill space.

“Families can be motivated to look around the house for stuff that is shoved into a corner and to find practical and unique ways to repurpose it,” Bates said. “We are all looking for ways to save money and to get the most out of what we already have, so let others be inspired by sharing your ideas.”

Bates has worked to repurpose old furniture into plant stands, dishes into garden ornaments, and bicycle bars into bookends.

The centre is located at 4795 Headquarter Rd.

For more information on events and workshops, visit www.cswm.ca/syf.

—  Comox Strathcona waste management

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