SCRAP Ltd is a Public Company Limited by Guarantee - that means we are not listed on the stock exchange and we are non-profit. Any money we make is put back into helping schools and other non-profit community bodies improve their environmental programs and to create jobs.
SCRAP began over 22 years ago when three teachers (including John Burn our current Deputy Chairman and Peter Carroll our Company Secretary) decided they had seen enough paper thrown out with the garbage to last a lifetime. They approached the big paper recycling companies to organise a proper system for paper recycling in schools.
Starting with just eight schools in 1991, SCRAP grew quickly, reaching 100 schools within eighteen months of starting.
By 2003 SCRAP's membership had reached around 1500 active, recycling educational bodies including schools, colleges, child care centres and universities and over 1000 other non-profit and government bodies and businesses. SCRAP covered around one half of all schools in NSW and the ACT but unfortunately the big company we were working with at the time decided they could do without us and our involvement with the education and day to day management of the government recycling contract ended. Today we still advocate for recycling and assist a number of organisations to reduce their waste through various goods and services.
SCRAP also assists schools, other organisations and individuals to understand more about helping the environment. Some of our other programs include:
- Green Waste Reduction - including Worm Farming and Worm sales, Composting
- Solid Waste Auditing
- and other Environmental Auditing
- Recycled Product Purchasing - Green Buys
- Sustainable Schools Program
- Water Tank and water saving installations (using only accredited Enviroplumbers)
- Solar panel and energy efficiency installations (using only accredited installers/electricians).
See the Programs section to find out more about these programs.
Just what does SCRAP believe in?
SCRAP is based on the idea that by starting with issues that everyone can take action on, we can do something to improve the environment and save the planet. Many environmental issues seem so huge that some people feel it is useless to try to change anything.
We don't think this way.
We would like people to realise that by doing their bit they can help to change the way things are and, most importantly, they can change themselves - become empowered, understand how things work and how things can change. In the words of the writer E.F Schumacher "Small is beautiful".
When we started with paper recycling it was not because we thought paper recycling would change the world but because in schools paper is the most wasted product. Before the 3R's (Reduce - Reuse - Recycle) came along, schools used to throw out virtually all their paper products. Paper accounts for about 30% of the whole wastestream in most schools and up to 80% in many offices! Nearly all of it can be reused and/or recycled.
SCRAP therefore started out to develop a reliable system for recycling paper and then moved on to other areas of waste reduction and to other environmental aspects including energy, water and biodiversity. We are convinced that if students understand the importance of recovering useful resources, rather than treating used items as rubbish, they will change their habits. This seems like a small adjustment to make but it is really major!
We have found that in most schools (and other organisations) this adjustment can easily take a year and in many cases several years, before students, teachers/staff and the rest of the community actually change their habits. It is about a change of attitude really - a shift from the "Throwaway Society" to the "Conserver Society". But it requires having a system in the school (or the home, workplace, club, wherever) which is reliable and integrated.
What do we mean by this? Well, first the system has to be easy for everyone to use, with the right sort of collection boxes, storage and a method of collection to suit the service which will take it all away from the school on a regular basis for recycling. That is where the 'integrated' part comes in. It is vital that the school/organisation teaches everyone how to do it and makes sure that the methods of doing it are part of the normal routine.
SCRAP is also about expanding the viewpoint. We have always tried to be holistic (well-rounded, covering the range of issues). Therefore, when we talk of recycling paper, we also recommend using recycled products, especially recycled paper. In our Green Buys Catalogue you can find a large range of environmentally-friendly products and services which schools, businesses and individuals can purchase. We keep costs as low as possible to help people obtain these items.
We don't just talk about buying, we also talk about those other two "R's" in the 3R's - Reduce and Reuse. What do they mean?
To reduce means to actually use less. In the wealthy countries of the world people use massive amounts of resources. We have an opulent lifestyle (rich living) compared to most people in the world. For example, the average Australian uses around eight times as many resources as the average person in Africa. As a result, the world is running out of resources very quickly. We need to cut down. By reducing our consumption, buying environmentally-friendly products and services, reusing everything which can be reused and recycling the remainder we can make a difference. We can leave a healthy planet for future generations to inherit - BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
Over the 15 years that we were directly involved in paper recycling on a NSW statewide scale (up to 2003) SCRAP members recycled over 60,000 tonnes of paper products which saved around 240,000 cubic metres of landfill, over 780,000 trees, around 150,000 barrels of oil, 1,900,000 mega litres of water and 246,000 megawatts of energy!
During the period 2005 to 2013 we have assisted in the installation of more than 70 water tank systems which are saving on average over 50% of the water used in those schools and community organisations. This is because the tanks are connected mainly to toilets where at least half the water is used. The tank systems have been enhanced by the installation of dual flush toilets and better taps and our Water Savers education program which teaches students and teachers about their water systems, how to monitor them and how to keep those savings coming.
School Communities Recycling All Paper Ltd
ABN 40 079 741 227
C/o Holsworthy High School, Huon Cr., Holsworthy 2173
Ph: 02 9825 1062
Fax: 02 9825 6972
SCRAP stands for School Communities Recycling All Paper Ltd.
We are a non-profit company and exist to help schools, other educational, government, non-profit bodies as well as private individuals and companies become environmentally-friendly; and we encourage you - whether you are a student, a teacher or a member of the wider community - to understand how to do this better.
SCRAP has a wide range of goods and services available (see Green Buys Catalogue button above or listing to the left and Specials to the right), ranging from worms and worm farms, waste reduction and recycling to energy, water and biodiversity conservation (see Programs button above) and a range of other recycled/green and fair trade products. SCRAP works with the best industry professionals and most honest producers, manufacturers and traders it can find and adds its own unique range of skills in environmental auditing and consultancy to help you and your organisation(s) become a bit more environmentally friendly.
Since March 2009, SCRAP Ltd has incorporated S & J Worms. We have also installed a Vermicrobe worm farming system and we now produce our own worms, worm casting and high quality worm liquid and compost teas. SCRAP's main goal in this venture is to help reduce waste to landfill, especially organic waste (from food and garden) as this material is far better composted and/or worm farmed and returned to our soils where it is much needed to improve biodiversity and fertility.
Please see our Green Buys Catalogue for worm farming goods and services and our Worms Section for advice.
La Chakana Verde (The Green Southern Cross)
SCRAP has launched a bold initiative in Southern Hemisphere exchange of cultural and environmental ideas through La Chakana Verde. Our long term friend, co-worker and volunteer, Fabian Veron (an Argentine/Australian) has returned to his motherland twice in recent years taking with him the Whaledreamers film about the Mirning people of southern Australia and their struggle to reconnect with their whale dreaming.
While in Argentina, Fabian found the indigenous people identified strongly with the film and through the struggle to save the condor (the world's largest flighted bird) realised the potential for creating connections across the Pacific to Latin America and eventually perhaps across the Indian Ocean to Southern Africa. A Southern Hemispheric view of the world embodying a reawakening of the peoples to the wonders of their ancient lands and an exchange among us will help rebalance the globe which tends to be a little top heavy we feel.
La Chakana Verde has a website in construction using the open source platform Joomla (the one SCRAP uses on this website) and will offer a new vision for social networking embodying the Creative Commons and ideals of the federated web rather than the proprietary means which most of us are captured within. Creative Commons copyright and open source software are used by the Australian Government to provide equal access for all.
LEFT - see our link (La Chakana Verde) to the Tribu Calchaqui (northern Argentinian indigenous people) whose jewellery now occupies a place in our Green Buys Catalogue. Check it out and if you like it please buy and help us raise funds to bring Australian environmental education (SCRAP's EcoSnapshot and Oz GREEN's YOUth LEADing the World) to Latin America.
FUNDRAISING, DONATIONS AND SCRAP'S CHARITABLE STATUS
SCRAP Ltd is Authorised to Fundraise in NSW and has Deductible Gift Recipient Status through Section 30-280 of the Federal Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
All donations to the SCRAP Ltd Public Gift Fund over $2 are tax deductible and all funds are directed to the support of our objectives in protecting the environment and advancing environmental education.
Contact our Public Officer, Tracey McManus on 0404 398 222 for further information or forward your donations to our Public Gift Fund Account -
SCRAP Ltd BSB 633 108 A/c No: 1304 73804
please, every little bit helps ...
2012 SCRAP & Holsworthy High School - Environmental Scholarship
An Annual Scholarship for a HHS student in Year 10 progressing to senior studies who demonstrates the greatest environmental commitment was awarded to Luke Drummond. Luke is progressing to Horticulture at TAFE in 2013 and contributed at SCRAP on worm farming and gardening activities through his work experience and Links to Learning programs. SCRAP Ltd is funding the scholarship annually for $500 to assist the chosen student to continue their studies. This is in recognition of the agreement with Holsworthy HS to provide a home for the SCRAP Centre since 2001 (now officially sanctioned in a long term lease from the NSW DET) and our long term harmonious working relationship.