Environment

We all have a role to play in protecting our environment and reducing our carbon footprint.

And that’s why we run a range of Environmental programs. 

From our community gardens and composting facilities all the way to educational conferences and our Return & Earn program we’re always striving to do all we can to live sustainably. 

Environment

We all have a role to play in protecting our environment and reducing our carbon footprint.

And that’s why we run a range of Environmental programs. 

From our community gardens and composting facilities all the way to educational conferences and our Return & Earn program we’re always striving to do all we can to live sustainably. 

Launched in 2017 as part of our Environment programming the Return & Earn container deposit system on site has since helped our community to recycle an extraordinary amount of materials.

A collaboration between Addi Road and Tomra our Return & Earn is the busiest in the southern hemisphere and is helping us to mitigate the environmental impact and reduce the waste produced by those living across the Inner West.

The Return & Earn facility is open for you to recycle cans, bottles and glasses from 7am to 9pm seven days a week. To find out more about what can and cannot be recycled visit the Tomra website.

Every bottle, can or glass recycled makes you eligible for a small refund or donation to a listed charity (including us here at Addi Road).

Find out more                                                                    

Launched in 2017 as part of our Environment programming the Return & Earn container deposit system on site has since helped our community to recycle an extraordinary amount of materials.

A collaboration between Addi Road and Tomra our Return & Earn is the busiest in the southern hemisphere and is helping us to mitigate the environmental impact and reduce the waste produced by those living across the Inner West.

The Return & Earn facility is open for you to recycle cans, bottles and glasses from 7am to 9pm seven days a week. To find out more about what can and cannot be recycled visit the Tomra website.

Every bottle, can or glass recycled makes you eligible for a small refund or donation to a listed charity (including us here at Addi Road).

Food waste is a major issue in the Inner West, there are local families experiencing hunger today as tonnes of perfectly good food is being thrown out. 

Our War on Waste (WOW) Food Inner West campaign is all about fighting food waste in the Inner West and making healthy food more accessible to people experiencing food insecurity. We are diverting tonnes of good food from going to landfill.

The food that we collect through our campaign and Addi Road Food Pantry service is passed on to some of the most vulnerable people in our local community, including people who are experiencing homelessness, unemployment, as well as students and others who find themselves struggling to put enough food on the table.

Currently we are able to accept donations of fruit & vegetables, unopened packaged foods, household items, this includes: products close to ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ dates, excess and slow-moving stock or deleted lines, products incorrectly labelled, products with damaged packaging and sample and bulk produce are all accepted. 

Simply, we welcome any product you find in an average kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

Find out more                                                                    

Food waste is a major issue in the Inner West, there are local families experiencing hunger today as tonnes of perfectly good food is being thrown out. 

Our War on Waste (WOW) Food Inner West campaign is all about fighting food waste in the Inner West and making healthy food more accessible to people experiencing food insecurity. We are diverting tonnes of good food from going to landfill.

The food that we collect through our campaign and Addi Road Food Pantry service is passed on to some of the most vulnerable people in our local community, including people who are experiencing homelessness, unemployment, as well as students and others who find themselves struggling to put enough food on the table.

Currently we are able to accept donations of fruit & vegetables, unopened packaged foods, household items, this includes: products close to ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ dates, excess and slow-moving stock or deleted lines, products incorrectly labelled, products with damaged packaging and sample and bulk produce are all accepted. 

Simply, we welcome any product you find in an average kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

In 2013, Addi Road established an Urban Habitats program to foster wildlife habitat in our urban environment and enhance the benefits of green space that exists here at our Centre. The program is based around our Urban Habitat Tree which provides a safe haven and home to threatened bird species in the area.

Since 2015, we have been leading the first wildlife monitoring program of its kind in New South Wales to evaluate the effectiveness of Urban Habitat Trees. There are now over 100 Habitat Tree across the state, and it’s vital we monitor to determine how successful they are, and factors such as uptake; which species are using them; what they’re using them for. We set up motion-activated cameras and microbat detectors in our Tree, and our ecologist undertakes spot checks in the hollows.

Citizen scientists also record wildlife activity on a weekly basis, and feed data into the Hollows As Home study, run by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Find out more                                                                    

In 2013, Addi Road established an Urban Habitats program to foster wildlife habitat in our urban environment and enhance the benefits of green space that exists here at our Centre. The program is based around our Urban Habitat Tree which provides a safe haven and home to threatened bird species in the area.

Since 2015, we have been leading the first wildlife monitoring program of its kind in New South Wales to evaluate the effectiveness of Urban Habitat Trees. There are now over 100 Habitat Tree across the state, and it’s vital we monitor to determine how successful they are, and factors such as uptake; which species are using them; what they’re using them for. We set up motion-activated cameras and microbat detectors in our Tree, and our ecologist undertakes spot checks in the hollows.

Citizen scientists also record wildlife activity on a weekly basis, and feed data into the Hollows As Home study, run by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

With the beautiful success of our Urban Habitat Tree – have you seen the video? – we started talking with our arborist about how to spread the idea, then one thing has led to another and we are now organising a path-breaking conference, the inaugural Rethinking the Urban Forest, on Friday 24 May.

Greening our city is urgent, and our goal is to bring together researchers, practitioners, planners, activists, policy-makers and politicians to energise discussion and provide a road map for growing the role of the urban forest in metropolitan Sydney. Gumbramorra Hall will be a great venue to host such an exciting and important initiative.

We can plan and live in a greener, cooler, cleaner, happier and healthier city, so the conference will be talking about barriers to getting this done: the political, legal, bureaucratic and cultural barriers. So expect passionate debate! We really have no time to waste to regrow our urban forest, for residents, and for the other animals that share our city’s spaces.

Find out more                                                                    

With the beautiful success of our Urban Habitat Tree – have you seen the video? – we started talking with our arborist about how to spread the idea, then one thing has led to another and we are now organising a path-breaking conference, the inaugural Rethinking the Urban Forest, on Friday 24 May.

Greening our city is urgent, and our goal is to bring together researchers, practitioners, planners, activists, policy-makers and politicians to energise discussion and provide a road map for growing the role of the urban forest in metropolitan Sydney. Gumbramorra Hall will be a great venue to host such an exciting and important initiative.

We can plan and live in a greener, cooler, cleaner, happier and healthier city, so the conference will be talking about barriers to getting this done: the political, legal, bureaucratic and cultural barriers. So expect passionate debate! We really have no time to waste to regrow our urban forest, for residents, and for the other animals that share our city’s spaces.

As part of our commitment to promote Environmental programs and initiatives, Addi Road is proud to host numerous thriving community gardens, nurseries and composting facilities across our nine acre heritage site.

We all have a role to play in reducing our environmental impact and we believe that a core component of what we can do as a local non-profit community centre is to promote sustainable practices, support locals to engage with our gardens and provide facilities for other community gardens and organisations to reach more and more people with their work.

The Addi Road Community Garden is run entirely by volunteers and provides a space to grow food locally and build community amongst interested residents all at once – if you’ve got even the slightest green thumb you’re welcome to come along and get involved. To find out more check out their website here.

The Addi Road Food Pantry in 2018 launched their own community garden here on site to help provide fresh fruit and vegetables to those who use our Food Pantry service. We’re excited about what this program will bring in 2019!

Addi Road also collaborates with local organisation HoboGro which provides education on composting, fertilizing and waste reduction to locals and students across the Inner West.

Find out more                                                                    

As part of our commitment to promote Environmental programs and initiatives, Addi Road is proud to host numerous thriving community gardens, nurseries and composting facilities across our nine acre heritage site.

We all have a role to play in reducing our environmental impact and we believe that a core component of what we can do as a local non-profit community centre is to promote sustainable practices, support locals to engage with our gardens and provide facilities for other community gardens and organisations to reach more and more people with their work.

The Addi Road Community Garden is run entirely by volunteers and provides a space to grow food locally and build community amongst interested residents all at once – if you’ve got even the slightest green thumb you’re welcome to come along and get involved. To find out more check out their website here.

The Addi Road Food Pantry in 2018 launched their own community garden here on site to help provide fresh fruit and vegetables to those who use our Food Pantry service. We’re excited about what this program will bring in 2019!

Addi Road also collaborates with local organisation HoboGro which provides education on composting, fertilizing and waste reduction to locals and students across the Inner West.

For several years, we have been working to enhance and improve the sustainability of the Addison Road Community Centre in many different ways.

Total electricity consumption dropped significantly from late 2013, when tenants became responsible for their own power bills, and became more efficient again with the introduction of new electricity infrastructure for the whole Centre in 2018, with total distribution allowed to the site capped by Ausgrid. An impressive reduction in carbon has been achieved with the installation of solar panels across the north-facing roof of Hut One just before Christmas 2017. This conversion was funded by a fantastic community solar partnership with Get Up! And Powershop that has seen savings of 16.25 tonnes of CO2, in just over a year.

Our ongoing care and maintenance of the 165 trees at Addi Road contributes to providing habitat, shade and water retention in the neighbourhood, while we continue to contract a full waste-recovery service to sort and recycle the mixed waste that goes into the bins at the Centre every day. The Return and Earn ‘reverse-vending machine’ on site is one of the most popular container recycling stations in Sydney, and is making a major contribution not only to reducing litter but also to personal and community fundraising, thanks to the 10c refund paid for each container.

For several years, we have been working to enhance and improve the sustainability of the Addison Road Community Centre in many different ways.

Total electricity consumption dropped significantly from late 2013, when tenants became responsible for their own power bills, and became more efficient again with the introduction of new electricity infrastructure for the whole Centre in 2018, with total distribution allowed to the site capped by Ausgrid. An impressive reduction in carbon has been achieved with the installation of solar panels across the north-facing roof of Hut One just before Christmas 2017. This conversion was funded by a fantastic community solar partnership with Get Up! And Powershop that has seen savings of 16.25 tonnes of CO2, in just over a year.

Our ongoing care and maintenance of the 165 trees at Addi Road contributes to providing habitat, shade and water retention in the neighbourhood, while we continue to contract a full waste-recovery service to sort and recycle the mixed waste that goes into the bins at the Centre every day. The Return and Earn ‘reverse-vending machine’ on site is one of the most popular container recycling stations in Sydney, and is making a major contribution not only to reducing litter but also to personal and community fundraising, thanks to the 10c refund paid for each container.

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