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Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

Recycle Your Flourescent Bulbs

by Gary 3/10/2008 9:57:00 PM

In my article on how we set about making our house in Shenton Park more energy efficient, I said that we could have made our house even more energy efficient by replacing the halogen lamps with compact flourescent lamps (CFLs).

There is one significant disadvantage with CFLs that I didn't mention in that article: CFLs contain mercury and under no circumstances should they be crushed or broken.

I was delighted to find out that their is now a recycling service for CFLs for residents of the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Perth.

To take advantage of this service, you simply have to deposit your CFLs in the specially marked skips bins at your local transfer station.

Residents of the northern and western suburbs can also take advantage of the Mindarie Regional Council's recycling service at Tamala Park.

The good news is that not only do you minimise your risk of mercury exposure by taking advantage of this service, your old CFLs will be recycled into products including dental amalgam (from the mercury), insulation batts (from the glass) and aluminium ingots.

For more information, including how to safely handle CFLs and what to do if you break one, check out the following link:

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4/16/2008 6:46:33 PM

Steve Strutt

My daughter WILL be pleased as BTN apparently raised this concern late last year. Whew!

Steve Strutt au

4/16/2008 10:07:40 PM

Gary Warden

I've tried to find out if any of the other councils (nearer you) offer a similar recycling service. Couldn't find anything by googling, however I'll check with the EMRC to see if they know.

Gary Warden