AS the 12th World Environment Day approaches, there are several ways residents can learn more about their community.

Each year the United Nations Association of Australia initiative, held on June 5, aims to promote and recognise outstanding environmental initiatives from around the country. To celebrate the event, Replas (Recycled Plastic Products) in Carrum Downs is holding a Follow Your Rubbish tour on June 28, where the public can discover what happens to their recyclables.

Frankston Mayor Brian Cunial said people would get “an interesting surprise” when they found out how productively recycled waste could be used. “You will discover how our rubbish is turned into power for our homes, what happens to recyclables and how plastics are recycled into furniture and other products,” he said. Replas national business development manager Peter Patterson said while the global drive was a great way to focus on the importance of a green economy, everyone should try to protect the environment. “Each day presents an opportunity to do something about the impact our actions have on the planet,” Mr Patterson said. Enviromix Organics Processing Plant, SITA Landfill and Polytrade Materials Recovery Facility are also participating in the tours.