Wauchope recyclers help wildlife charity FAWNA

Graeme Cook and grandson Noah Langdon were among the first to use the reverse vending machines in Wauchope last year.
Graeme Cook and grandson Noah Langdon were among the first to use the reverse vending machines in Wauchope last year.

Recycle your bottles and cans in Wauchope and help wildlife rescue charity FAWNA.

The group has been designated the local donation partner in the TOMRA bottle and can reverse vending machines in Wauchope, Taree, Forster, Old Bar and Wingham from February 25 to May 26.

"We are asking the public to help us help the wildlife," said FAWNA secretary, Andrew Ryan.

People can donate their drink container return proceeds to FAWNA.  Any donations will be used to help buy the very expensive wildlife care food given by FAWNA to their volunteers for the many birds, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, gliders, bats, reptiles and other animals they help.

Andrew said a 20 kg bag of special milk powder formula for furred and pouch-emerging macropod joeys now costs over $400 delivered, or about $5 per litre when made up.

FAWNA spent over $17,500 on animal foods alone last financial year and is appreciative of how the public can help the volunteers look after the wildlife that need assistance.  Without public help, the group could not manage its very high wildlife intake levels.

FAWNA handled 11,500 calls to its wildlife rescue line last year resulting in 3540 animals, birds and reptiles recorded through its system.   All injured, orphaned and in need wildlife should be reported to FAWNA’s 24 hour rescue line 6581 4141.

More information on the group’s work with wildlife can be seen on www.fawna.org.au

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