Thursday, February 2, 2012

Aluminium drinks can collection

We're always looking for new recycling opportunities. Last year, Salamander Bay Recycling purchased a number of purpose-built galvanised steel drinks can collection cages from a local steel fabrication business.

Here's an image of one here:

For the last 6 months the 12 cages have been placed with 8 of Port Stephens' privately-owned caravan and holiday parks.

The park's patrons have really adopted the idea of recycling drinks cans and we are pleased to advise that through their continued efforts we have collected in excess of 1.5 tonnes of aluminium drinks cans since the program commenced in July of 2011.

Second-hand aluminium is a valuable and under-recovered resource. By applying the correct logistical approach, the benefits, both to the business and the environment, can be rewarding. And due to the fact that we are a not-for-profit community organisation which invests heavily in the local community, the knock-on effect is felt by many.

The cages, which are highly visible, are placed at strategic locations in each caravan park. For example, they are positioned close to amenities and waste collection points where people can easily access them.

When the cages are getting close to being full, the caravan park staff call us and we visit the site to service the cages, and the whole process of refilling the cages by holiday-makers starts again.

On returning to the Centre with the collected cans, they are then emptied into a much larger storage cage. When filled, this large cage is then transported via flatbed truck to the OneSteel recycling plant in Newcastle where it too is emptied and then returned to the Centre for the whole process to recommence.

Here's a shot of the large half-filled can cage:

So as you can see, it is a cycle within a cycle (or put simply: Re-cycle).

A lot of our customers, staff and volunteers collect their own drinks cans and when their bag or bucket is full, they bring it in with them and add it to the collection.

Why don't you join us? It's a good feeling knowing that you're doing your bit to help with resource recovery and conservation. And you'll be helping the community by doing so.

Here's a list of the Caravan Parks who help us with this recycling endeavour:

Middle Rock Caravan Park, Anna Bay:
One Mile Beach Holiday Park, Anna Bay:
Birubi Beach Holiday Park, Anna Bay:
The Retreat, Anna Bay:
Bays Holiday Park, Anna Bay:
Salamander Bay Village Caravan Park, Soldiers Point:,80,173
Colonial Ridge Retreat, Soldiers Point:
Big 4 Hoilday Park, Soldiers Point:

Please note that we only recycle aluminium drinks cans (beer cans, soft drinks cans etc).

Steel food cans and bottles are not accepted.

Monday, January 23, 2012

American Civil War Replica Rifle built from scrap parts

Lance Bartlett, from Corlette, is a man with a passion.

A former Carpenter to trade, his retirement years have allowed him the time to develop his skills as a model-maker.

His previous designs have ranged in scope and scale but his most recent creations are something quite spectacular indeed.

Using obsolete materials, some of which have been purchased from Salamander Bay Recycling, Lance has crafted a beautiful replica Springfield Model 1861 Rifle Musket and a handsome pistol the originals of which were both used in the American Civil war (1861-1865).

Here's a photo of Lance's replica Springfield rifle:

And here's a photo of an original:

I'm sure you will agree that the similarities are quite remarkable.

According to Wikipedia:

"The Springfield Model 1861 was a MiniƩ-type rifled musket shoulder arm used by the United States Army and Marine Corps during the American Civil War. Commonly referred to as the "Springfield" (after its original place of production, (Springfield, Massachusetts), it was the most widely used U.S. Army weapon during the Civil War, favored for its range, accuracy, and reliability".

The craftsmanship exhibited by Lance is incredible and a credit to his ability to bring out the best in what were previously discarded materials.

The items he used to build the models are as follows:

• Block of Australian Cedar cut to make the butt and barrel
• 10mm aluminium plate for the strike hammer
• An old broom handle for the barrel
• Copper nails
• Copper pipe for the trigger guard
• An old aluminium beer sign for the side plates
• Brass straps and brass nuts, bolts and screws for fastening

Lance explains the materials he used in this short video:

Great effort Lance, we look forward to seeing more of your creations in future.

You don't need to have the skill of a Lance Bartlett to make a difference. Pop on in to Salamander Bay Recycling and "rifle" through the thousands of items we have in stock so that your next project really hits the target...

Just like Lance did.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bottled sun light...

Salamander Bay Recycling has found a new use for old 1.5 litre plastic lemonade bottles. No, not as drink bottles but as energy-free light globes which capture the sun light.

The soft drinks bottles are filled with clean water, 1 cap of bleach is added and the lid is protected from UV damage by being covered with a black camera spool canister.

The bottle is then inserted into purposely-cut holes in the roof, the edges of which are sealed with clear sealant to prevent rainwater access into the building.

Several bottles have been inserted so-far and the result, even on overcast days, has proven to be very.positive.

The trial has removed the need for the installation of electrical lighting in that building, and will further reduce the Centre’s electricity costs.

The idea was first developed by an ingenious engineer in a Brazilian favela(slum).

Follow this link to view a video of the Brazilian installation (fascinating/inspirational stuff):

You might find it useful to install your own in a garden shed or garage.

Good luck...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Trashion Show 2011 competition details

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in participating in this year's fabulous Trashion Show, you (or they) can email the contact details, along with any information on your wearable creation and perhaps even photos of your concept's progress to:
The photos will be uploaded onto the blog for all to see.
Unlike last year, there are no categories as such, the only parameters being that your design should be wearable and made out of recycled items (you may even wish to utilise materials not normally associated with clothing).
All entrants MUST provide a model for the event, which will take place at Salamander Bay Recycling on Sunday 5th June 2011 between 10.00am and 12 noon.
There will be cash prizes of $250 for first prize, $175 for second and $75 for third place.
A number of Salamander Bay Recycling gift vouchers will be made available for those entries deemed particularly unusual and creative.
Deadline for all entries is 4.00pm on Friday 3rd June 2011.
Entry is free, however dollar coin donations (on the day) will be greatly received, with all proceeds going, once again, to the Nelson Bay Yacaaba Centre's Women's Refuge.
Independent judges will determine the outcome of the competition and will base their decisions on the outfit's creativity, originality and quality of construction as well as the designer's use of unusual, recycled material.
Further details will be posted in due course...
But in the meantime, and to get you in the mood, here's a video/photo montage from last year's inaugural event.
Good luck (and remember to email your interest in participating).


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Trashion Show 2011

Just a short note to advise potential entrants that this year's Trashion Show will go ahead on Sunday the 5th of June 2011.

Entry forms with details of categories etc will be available shortly, and a story promoting the event will be published in an upcoming edition of the Port Stephens Examiner.
So, get your thinking caps on because this year's event promises to be another cracker.
Further details will be published on this blog in coming weeks.


Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

We Want Your Scrap Steel

A significant amount of scrap steel is processed by Salamander Bay Recycling each year.
We accumulate approximately 60 tonnes of scrap steel each quarter from the local area but we are always on the lookout for more.
The scrap steel we collect is crushed on site and transported to the OneSteel recycling facility in Newcastle, where it is further refined and then sent on to various steel facilities which are located both here in Australia and further afield in countries such as China.

Examples of the steel items we recycle are many and varied. For instance, we scrap household goods such as old computers and obsolete whitegoods; we process old bikes that are beyond repair and we even recycle scrapped cars.

So if you've got an old item gathering dust (or indeed rust) in an obscure corner of your home or property; remember that we are here to help, and can take it off your hands.

We'll even come out and pick it up from you, and of course it's all FREE OF CHARGE (that is if you live on the Port Stephens Peninsula).

Check out the video below; it'll give you some idea of the processes involved:


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Salamander Bay Recycling: Helping our local community


Salamander Bay Recycling is a proud member of the Port Stephens' business community.

We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation run by the community, for the community.
A list of local Government, charitable and benevolent organisations we have worked with over the last few months is listed below; they have been the recipients of cash donations, furniture, equipment and project supplies which are then distributed via that organisation to where it is most needed.
But that is only part of the story... .
There have also been numerous individuals and families who have also benefited from our assistance across the same period. .
Those individuals will remain anonymous; but remember the next time you pop into see us (to pick up a guaranteed bargain), the money you spend with us and the second-hand items you donate also get "recycled".
It gets recycled back into the community, to help some of the less-fortunate people around us make a better life for themselves and their families... so as a result, we think that you're pretty "awesome" for giving us the opportunity to do so.

Organisations that Salamander Bay Recycling has assisted since June 2010: Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club
. Soldiers Point Public School P&C Hunter Koala Preservation Society St Vincent De Paul, Nelson Bay branch

TLC Early Learning Centre, Raymond Terrace Hunter New England Health

Soldiers Point Lions Club

Tomaree Education Centre Newcastle Youth Accommodation Services Ltd Lifestyle Solutions Port Stephens

Gan Gan Family Centre, Anna Bay

Port Stephens Graffiti Action Team Inc

The Yacaaba Women's Refuge, Nelson Bay

TAFE Hunter Institute

The Probus Club of Fingal Bay

Waratah and Mayfield RSL sub-branch

Tomaree Links to the Community

Occupational Therapy Dept, Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle

Tilligerry Habitat Association Inc

PCYC, Nelson Bay