There was plenty of hands-on action at Dungog Council's latest event as part of its ongoing waste education series.
Dungog library recently hosted a free workshop demonstrating how residents can make their own bees wax wraps to use as an alternative to plastic wrap.
Megan Griffiths, from waste contractor JR Richards, presented the event which drew more than 12 enthusiastic attendees.
Dungog Librarian Amanda Field said the public workshops are appreciated by library customers.
"The bees wax wrap workshop was very hands on with everyone personally making at least three wraps each during the session," she said.
"These types of workshops are very important to our customers as it's a chance to learn new skills, have some social interaction with like-minded people and importantly, drive home the reuse, recycle message which is very prominent in Dungog."
Bees wax wraps are becoming popular as an alternative to single use plastic film. They are made by applying a bees wax coating to fabric. Bees wax has natural anti bacterial properties and the wraps can be reused many times and can be cleaned after use.
"These wraps are available commercially but we're showing people how to make their own, save a bit of money and to do their bit for the environment," said Megan Griffiths.
"We are finding that the Dungog community is very interested in these type of alternatives and are extremely proactive in reusing and recycling when compared to larger towns and cities.
"You only have to look at the great community initiatives such as the Single Use Plastic Free Dungog and Boomerang Bags movements in the town as well as the great environmental initiatives in our schools to see that Dungog is a leader in recycling and reuse.
"These workshops are delivered by the council as part of an ongoing community education initiative aimed at reducing waste and supporting the circular economy".
The latest workshop follows others presented this year at the Dungog library covering topics such as information on exactly what can be placed in your recycling bin and school holiday craft sessions aimed at attracting native bees.
Workshops have also been held to show householders how to reuse and rebrand unwanted clothing and furniture at Clarence Town and Dungog, all aimed at reducing the amount of waste disposed of to landfill and to encourage reuse of resources.
Future community workshops will focus on reducing the reliance on single use plastics and reducing food waste in households.