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Commission urges church recycling effort

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has challenged all Catholic parishes, schools and agencies to take the Pope's call for ecological conversion seriously by making concerted efforts to recycle resources more diligently.

The call was made at the beginning of National Recycling Week.

Commission Executive Officer Peter Arndt said the Church should be leading the way for the rest of the community by implementing practices which reduce waste and recycle resources.

"All of us in the developed world have to stop acting as if the resources we consume are limitless," Mr Arndt said.

"Throwing away large amounts of steel, aluminium, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard is a reckless disregard for those people in the world who don't have enough of the basic needs of life," he said.

Mr Arndt said that recycling resources conserves the limited resources at our disposal and saves large amounts of energy and water used in producing goods.

"Making new steel cans from recycled cans saves 75% of the energy used to make them from iron ore and coal," he said.

"Using recycled plastic to make new plastic products saves 80% of the energy needed to start from scratch," he said.

"Making paper from recycled paper saves 80% of the energy needed to make it from wood chips and uses as little as 1% of the water," he said.

"What a difference it would make if every Catholic agency, school and parish made a commitment to recycle their resources for the sake of every person on the Earth," he said.

The Commission has sent parishes and agencies in the Brisbane Archdiocese a resource to help them to recycle resources more effectively.

Recycling Resources - A Challenge for the Church (Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Brisbane)

Pope prompts Australian bishops' ecological conversion of heart (15/5/02)
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane
Catholic Earthcare Australia
Archbishop calls Tasmanians to make 'personal choices' in favour of ecology (30/9/03)
Stores asked to break bag habit (Sydney Morning Herald 12/11/03)
Australians 'confused about what to recycle' (Sydney Morning Herald 10/11/03)
Biodegradable tray easier to swallow (The Age 28/10/03)

12 Nov 2003