Become a waste warrior

October 24, 2017

Become a waste warrior

We send about 3.2 millions tonnes of waste to landfill each year in New Zealand, and it makes up about 5 per cent of our carbon emissions. It's a big issue, but an area in which you can take a lot of action. 

About 70 per cent of the waste produced in the home can be reused, recycled or composted. 

Here are some tips to get you starting on reducing the waste mountain. 

  • Buy less, buy secondhand, or buy more consciously. 
  • Choose paper, glass and tin packaging over plastic packaging. Buy larger sizes rather than individual servings. 
  • Take your own bags and tupperware everywhere. 
  • Fix it, reuse it, or give it to someone else to use. 
  • Compost or worm farm everything you can. Food waste, garden waste, unbleached paper and cardboard and more! Check our guide to composting here, and our guide to worms here.
  • Recycle right. Find out what you can put in your kerbside recycling and make sure it's clean - otherwise the whole bin could get sent to landfill if there is too much contamination. 
  • Get your workplace on board with better waste management. Find out more about Your Sustainable Workplace
  • Borrow it or share it instead of buying it, check out our guide to the sharing economy

More resources

Guide: Sustainability Trust's No Throw Guide

Infosheet: Reduce the packaging ending up in your bins

Service: E-waste recycling. If you can't fix it or repurpose it, bring it to Sustainability Trust for recycling or responsible disposal. 

Ask an expert: Liam and Hannah on living zero waste

Ask an expert: Build a sustainable wardrobe

Website: The Nappy Lady, aka Kate Meads, on waste free parenting. She runs workshops and classes and has lots of online guides. 

Directory: Wellington region recycling directory

Directory: Wellington city kerbside recycling guide (note, different councils recycle different stuff, so check in with your local council about what they do and don't take). 

Video: TedX Talk by Charles Moore, Seas of plastic, on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch 

Website: Sustainable Coastlines, for hands-on help cleaning up our oceans 

Story: Fighting the Waste Mountain, Radio New Zealand, September 2017

Service: Conscious Consumers, helping you support ethical and sustainable businesses 

 

 





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