It may not sound sexy, but waste management is always one of the biggest drawcards at Kiama council's Future Fest Illawarra.
The sustainable living expo, which has been running for the past five years and in its current format for the past two, showcases a range of tips and tricks people can use to make their homes and gardens more eco-friendly and efficient.
Event organiser and council's waste management officer, Josephine St John, says Kiama residents are very keen to conserve and preserve the beautiful stretch of land they call home.
"We're very fortunate in the area that our residents are very conscious of the environment and being such an environmentally sensitive area, we do well in that, and that's reflected in our residents and the way they care for our environment.
"You are preserving our environment for future generations and I know that's a cliche, but that's what its about."
St John says the event grows in size each year, both in terms of exhibitors and patrons.
A Kiama council initiative to combine food scraps with green waste to make compost was one of the most adopted changes in the region, meaning people save money on landfill fees.
"I think it comes down to saving money and when people can see they can save money, that's the focus but at the same time, there's that environmental consciousness," St John says.
"People like to learn of new things, hence why we get a variety of different organisations to come to our event. A lot of people like to see things they can put in quickly in their own homes. I know quite a few people have implemented changes in their homes as a result of last year's festival."
The event is a late celebration of World Environment Day, held in June each year, to coincide with the warmer weather. Among the ideas on show are a smart living expo featuring a range of stalls showcasing energy-saving and environmentally-friendly ways to save water and energy, eco cleaning products, advice on buying local, sustainable produce and gardening tips. Those keen to get handy in the backyard can get free plants, as long as they live in the Kiama council area and have proof of address.
Home chefs can be entertained by two Indian cooking demonstrations from 2012 Masterchef contestant Dalvinder Dhami.
The kids are accounted for too, with face painting, seed painting and pet rock craft activities.
There is also a dog agility show.
Future Fest Illawarra is on at the The Pavilion at Kiama Showground between 10am and 3pm this Sunday. Entry is by a gold-coin donation, with all proceeds going to the Minnamurra Lions Club.
See page 33 for handy tips on avoiding waste.