The WREN were officially wound up in March 2021. This group will now evolve to form the Recycle Right Rangers.
Who were the WREN?
The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) Waste Reduction & Recycling Education Network, (the WREN) was an independent group of community volunteers (residents) from SMRC member councils, established in 2009 to help increase community understanding of the importance of waste, recycling, and greater awareness of the activities of the SMRC.
The WREN was a valued advisor to the SMRC.
The WREN sought to engage behavioural change with respect to waste and recycling by residents in the south metropolitan region for a more sustainable community.
The SMRC Waste Reduction & Recycling Education Network (WREN) aimed to:
- Gather community feedback and suggestions to assist the SMRC with its operations and decision making.
- Increase community understanding of the importance of resource recovery
- Help the SMRC to respond more effectively to issues concerning waste management
- Promote effective management of RRRC operations to benefit residents.
What the WREN did
Over the past 12 years, the WREN have:
- been the conduit for a two-way dialogue between the SMRC and its regional community;
- provided advice and feedback to the SMRC about its operations;
- provided volunteer assistance at numerous community events;
- written a submission on State Waste Strategy and Plastic Bag Ban (2017);
- won a Waste Authority Grant to build recycling hubs (2018) and coordinated the build of eight recycling hubs with the Fremantle Men’s Shed (2019).
We thank the past and current members of the WREN for their contribution and hope the current members of the WREN will consider transferring to this new volunteer structure so they may continue their contribution to waste education in our region.