Workshop: Wicking Beds, Sat 14 December

Learn how to make your own wicking bed and trouble shoot common wicking bed problems in this hands on workshop.

About this Event

Date: Sat 14 December

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: 43 High St, Gawler East

Cost: $10

Bookings essential:

Join local gardener Malcolm Haines of Ligaya Garden for a practical workshop on making your own wicking bed and trouble shooting common problems to ensure your bed functions well. The wicking bed at Gawler Environment Centre needs a refit so we will be starting from scratch to build it up again and you can join in to help and pick up handy hints along the way.

Wicking beds are very versatile and can be used in many different types of gardens, including those with limited space. They are ideal for dry conditions as the reservoir can be filled in advance of any planned absence.

Please bring your gardening gloves and sun smart gear and wear closed in shoes.

We are heading in to the summer season so once you have booked please keep an eye on your emails in case there are any last minute changes due to hot weather/fire danger.

For further information please contact the GEC Coordinator on (08) 8115 4620 or

Sold Out: Eco Xmas Decorations, Thu 3 December 2020

10am-12pm, GEC Office, 43 High St, Gawler East

Learn to make enviro friendly Xmas decorations from upcycled materials. Make your Xmas vibe unique & sustainable!

About this Event

Back by popular demand, local artist Gem Congdon will run another upcycled Xmas decoration workshop for the GEC Eco Arts and Crafts Gathering in Dec 2020. Come along to learn how to make these simple, sustainable Xmas decorations out of upcycled fabrics, doilies and other bits and bobs. All materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring along any special bits and pieces you would like to incorporate, such as buttons, pieces of lace, or Xmas fabrics. During the workshop you will make one piece and can then use your new knowledge to go in to production at home!

For further information please contact the GEC Coordinator on (08) 8115 4620 or

Bookings essential: Sold Out.

Recycling aluminium foil

Aluminium Foil

Single sheets/pieces of al foil are too small to be recycled on their own.

To recycle al foil:

  1. Collect al foil and scrunch it into a ball the size of your fist
  2. When the ball is large enough, place it in the yellow lid recycling bin

Recycling small metal items

Small metal (eg. bottle tops, can lids)

If small pieces of metal (eg. bottle tops) go into the recycling bin loose they will end up in landfill as they are too small to be sorted.

To recycle small pieces of metal:

  1. Place small metal into a milo/coffee tin
  2. Keep the container in a convenient place and fill it up with your small metal pieces
  3. When the tin is full put the lid on and chuck it into your recycling bin

OR put small pieces of metal into a smaller can (eg. baked bean) and squash the top of the can to ensure they can’t fall out.

Recycling small hard plastics

Small hard plastic (eg. straws, bottle tops, bread tags, plastic cutlery)

If small pieces of plastic are put loosely into your recycling bin they will fall through the cracks at the materials recovery facility and end up in landfill.

To recycle small hard plastic items:

  1. Place small hard plastics into a milk or juice bottle (use a container that is plastic and semi see-through)
  2. Keep the container in a convenient place (eg. under your sink) and fill it up with all your small plastics
  3. When the bottle is full, screw the lid on and chuck it into your recycling bin

Recycling @ NAWMA

The Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) accept many waste items at their waste transfer station located at Gate 3 Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North.

Some recyclable items are also accepted free of charge, including:

  • Polystyrene
  • Soft plastics
  • Cardboard
  • Steel/metal
  • Paint tins (still containing paint- empty tins go into your recycling bin at home)
  • Waste oil (including car and cooking oil)
  • Car batteries


E-waste, including:

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Electrical leads/cords
  • Scanners
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • TV, DVD and CD players
  • Stereo and sound systems
  • Photocopiers
  • Faxes
  • Digital cameras
  • Game consoles

Click here for the price list for dumping green waste, general waste and clean fill

Women’s Road-Ready Cycling Program

Are you a woman who wants to get into cycling?

The Women’s Road-Ready Cycling Program is offering a free program to give you the skills and confidence to get back on your bike.

Who: Women who want to get back on their bike
When: 2 hours/week for 4 weeks; 23rd and 30th March and 6th and 13th April
Time: 10am – 12pm
Where: Gawler Recreation Centre, Nixon Terrace, Gawler

For details and to book visit Ride a Bike Right

Women's Road-Ready Cycling Program