Now Plastic Free July has been and gone, how are we going to say ‘no love to litter’ for the rest of the year?
Fortunately, there are more and more products, businesses and organisations offering fantastic solutions to reduce the amount of plastic we use that ultimately ends up in landfill.
According to recycle.co.nz about 252,000 tonnes of plastic waste is sent to New Zealand landfills each year – that’s massive when you think one bread bag weighs next to nothing.
Even more worrying is that all this plastic takes up about 20 percent of the space in our landfills and could take between 450 years and 1000 years to breakdown depending on what it’s made of. And we all know about nasty leachate and the impact plastic production and disposal is having on climate change (sad emoji).
So, I was pretty stoked to come across a few gems for Plastic Free July that I’m going to stick with in the months to come. These include:
One thing I’m struggling with is bamboo toothbrushes – I’ve recently discovered that the bristles on the brand I use don’t decompose – argh! Has anyone got any suggestions?
So Plastic Free July has opened some new doors to me that will help keep my waste to landfill down throughout the year - I’d love to hear your suggestions and recommendations for saying ‘no love to litter’ year-round. Please share your ideas in the comments below.
Big shout out to Durham Farms for using home compostable packaging which breaks down completely in compost bins and worm farms. Did you know that most compostable packaging needs high heat for a good length of time to break down? Which means it has to be hot composted in a commerical facility, otherwise it just goes to landfill.
Good on you Durham Farms, leading the way!
We are proud to be offering our compost for sale! We've been collecting ingredients from local businesses over the last months and turning them into rich compost which is finally ready for sale at our Lawrie Road Recycling Centre. And don't forget, you can drop off your food scraps for free for us to add to our compost.
Join a toy library this Plastic Free July! You'll find Wellsford's Toy Library at 1 Worker Rd, and the Mahurangi Toy Library at 400 Mahurangi East Rd, Snells Beach.
Approximately 80% of toys are made of plastic and are only used for 6 months on average before they end up in a landfill.
A toy library lends or hires out toys, puzzles, and games. Toy libraries offer play sessions for families and a wide range of toys appropriate for children at different stages in their development. Toy libraries provide children with new toys every week or two, saving parents money and keeping children from getting bored.
Save money and save plastic pollution by joining a toy library.
Did you know that Plastic Free July is a global movement and that over 300 million people worldwide have accepted the challenge to say no to single use plastics for July and beyond? And to be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and communities.
Want some tips on the best place to start? Whether it be at home, at school, at work, at events or out shopping. Pick a few easy things such as carrying a re-usable coffee cup, water bottle, and shopping bag wherever you go. There's heaps more tips on the website https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ Jump right in!
Join our Waste Educator Tineke at the Snells Beach Library on Friday 30 April at 10 am to learn about worms and the amazing job they do in converting our food scraps to beautiful fertiliser! Have a look at some worms under a magnifying glass! Can you tell their mouth end from their bum end? Do the worm dance with Tineke! We don't think that's gross at all - do you?
A huge shout out to our waste ambassadors at the Warkworth A&P Show on Saturday for supervising our waste stations, helping the public to get their refuse in the right bin. And big thanks to the show patrons for all your positive comments about our work and for being so interested in what happens to the waste. We are thrilled to have diverted 74.7% from landfill. Of that, nearly 60% was food scraps and compostable coffee cups, cardboard plates and serveware, which will all go into our compost bins at our Lawrie Rd recycling centre tomorrow. In about 3 months it will come out the other end as compost!
Another 16% was recycling (cans, bottles, etc).
And thanks to our local politicians Marja Lubeck (Labour) and Chris Penk (National) for taking the time to come and see what we were doing. We appreciate you taking an interest.
Awesome artwork along the edge of the stream and walkway at Snells Beach by the pupils of Snells Beach School - and what a great message to get across. Taking care of our environment. Well done kids (and sponsors).
We're devoted to zero waste, and have wonderful local, wastebusters like Trish Allen, who will be sharing tips on reducing waste and keeping you up to date with what is happening at our Lawrie and Rustrybrook Road sites.