By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on November 27, 2020
‘WASTE not, want not’ is a motto Great Southern farmer Jodi Johnson lives and breathes by, and has taken that even further by using other people’s waste to improve the lives of children around Australia.
Ms Johnson is the Albany Coordinator of Lids4Kids, a nationwide charity founded by Canberra dad Tim Miller.
The organisation takes people’s plastic lids and bread tags that would otherwise go into landfill, cleaning and sorting them to be turned into mobility aids for disabled children across Australia.
Ms Johnson got involved in the project when she wanted a way to spend time with her own children, while teaching them a valuable lesson about recycling and helping others.
“[I saw the organisation online], and the aids they made out of the lids are super cool,” Ms Johnson said.
“I thought ‘this is awesome, I should get my kids involved in this’.”
Ms Johnson now has a whole list of volunteers who assist her with the sorting, cleaning, and colour coding of the donated plastic.
“I’ve got so many grandmas who grab their grandkids and do it together and it’s super cool because that’s what it’s supposed to be about, it’s about teaching our kids to reuse stuff and not just throw it out,” she said.
What started off as a small family project exploded when the Containers for Change scheme was introduced in Albany.
“It’s really doubled since this started; I was coping okay until this,” she said.
“When they contacted me, I just thought, ‘how am I going to do this?’, and when I came in, they had these huge bags of collected lids and bread tags.
“We’ve now got drop points at Mount Lockyer Primary School, the YMCA, Rainbow Coast Child Care, King River Hall, Albany Mind and Body, and the Spencer Park Containers for Change deposit.”
Ms Johnson said a new mobility aid is able to be made from every 500 lids.
Anyone interested in getting involved could contact her on 0439 786 989.