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"The goal is raising awareness of recycling and waste minimisation. It also allows our waste contractors to promote their services and showcase local artisans"
Why did you decide to organise a Council run sale in Huon Valley?
Council decided to run a Council sale at the Reuse shop for a few different reasons:
What advice would you give to a Council looking to organise a sale for the first time?
The main advice I would give to anyone thinking about setting up a similar day is that they need to be well organised and prepared, as once the day commences things happen quickly and there is little time to change things. To help with this I am in regular contact with each stallholder the week prior to the day. Each stall holder has their own allocated site for the day and I help them set up their sale on the website. I also ensure all stall holders set up an hour prior to the day commencing and I communicate with stallholders throughout the day. After the day is finished I debrief with the stallholders on how we could improve the event.
How do you promote your sale?
The day is promoted through the Council website and Facebook page. We put flyers and brochures at the Council Waste Transfer Stations, Re-Use shop and notice boards as well as a pull-up banner and poster in the Council Customer Service Centre. We also advertise through the local paper two weeks prior to the event.
This year, I am looking at the possibility of advertising on the kerbside collection contractor’s garbage truck too.
How many people attend your sale?
Attendance at the event has grown each year and last year approximately 1,200 people attended the sale. The average visitation number for the Re-Use shop is usually around 250 per day.
Huon Valley Council Presentation
Huon Valley Council's Waste Management Coordinator, Stuart Baldwin, shares the council's experience with Garage Sale Trail over the last five years. With their goal to increase awareness for Waste Minimisation, they've hosted a market at the Southbridge Waste Transfer Station in Huonville; which included a free barbecue, green waste and car body disposal as well as a mini-market. This presentation was recorded in a shared council webinar with Inner West Council, City of Stonnington, and Sutherland Shire Council.
"The biggest thing I've seen is the attendance on the day. Numbers have grown throughout the year and last year there were 1,200 people attending - up from 250 people on a normal day. There's also an increased awareness of recycling opportunities provided by council. "
Watch video presentation - 5m 42sec
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