Recycling effort creates prosthetic limbs

From hand fulls to bag fulls, volunteers of the Grow Love Community Garden with the first collection of caps and bread tags. Back: Bob Modra, Ken Schliebs, Carol Aslin, Russell Aslin and Chris Fior. Front: Donna Gaskin, Denise Habermann and Steve Carruthers.

The Barossa’s efforts to recycle the top to their milk or juice containers has resulted in the collection of enough caps to create seven prosthetic hands.

In addition to this there have been enough bread tags collected for a wheelchair to be commissioned in South Africa.

Tanunda based Grow Love Community Garden launched the initiative in the Barossa in April with co-ordinator, Denise Habermann overwhelmed by how many people have supported the cause.

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“We are just amazed that in a short period of time how one community came together,” said Denise.

Fellow co-ordinator, Donna Gaskin agrees adding, “They have kept all of this out of landfill to go to a great cause.”

Helping the cause are an array of Barossa businesses including cafes in addition to schools with a collection point also at the Grow Love Community Garden on Magnolia Road, Tanunda.

Denise is already starting the next round of collection and is encouraging more people to come on board.

In addition to the humble bread tag and bottle top collection, there is a need to secure a transport company to take the sorted caps and tags to Melbourne.

Funding is also being sought by Envision Hands to assist with the upgrade of the machine that shreds and granulates the bottle top.

“We didn’t realise there was so much milk drunk in the Barossa,” said Denise, who plans to keep the project running locally.

“If there are other districts that want to start their collection point… contact us, it’s seriously not that hard.”

Those willing to find out more can contact Denise on 0418 835 379.

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