Dear Manager…

Many of us struggle with the amount of plastic packaging found around the things that line the shelves of our supermarkets and other shops around town. Some find it easy to speak up about it at the time, others aren't so confident. Jane Banfield, aka Zero Waste Granny from Paihia, has designed these labels that … Continue reading Dear Manager…

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REAP leading the way

Far North REAP asked the EcoCentre if we would tautoko their application for the 'Go Green Far North Awards'. Of course we said yes, they are an inspiring example of what can be done when the will is there to do it. But here in their own words is a description of what amazing things … Continue reading REAP leading the way

Transferring the plastic problem

There have been lots of mix-ups about the changes to the plastics accepted for recycling at the local transfer stations. Jo Shanks checked out the official version and reported back in the Plastic Free Te Hiku Facebook group, it's copied here to reach a wider audience: Hi, there has been some confusion as to what plastics can be recycled at the transfer … Continue reading Transferring the plastic problem

New year, new beginnings

Ngā mihi nui o te tau hau! We're open again at Bank Street after our summer break and getting things back up and running. We're working on a programme of Crafty Mondays starting in February and other workshops, keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information and regular updates. We're also expanding our … Continue reading New year, new beginnings

We’ve moved!

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." We may not have changed the world in the last few weeks, but we've certainly achieved a huge amount thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers. It has been a bit of a … Continue reading We’ve moved!

Big push for bottle deposits

Thanks to local campaigner Warren Snow, Kaitaia has been at the forefront of the Kiwi Bottle Drive with their national campaign being launched here with their first Bottle Drive last year, and followed up with an even bigger Kiwi Bottle Drive this July. At each of these events, and at the EcoCentre, you have had the chance to … Continue reading Big push for bottle deposits

Recycling reduced

Northland Waste suspending the kerbside collection of 3-7 plastics reminds us how unsustainable it is to wrap food in something that lasts forever. However, the suspension of the recycling of janitorial plastics highlights the problems with having a monopoly of commercial waste companies in control of recycling in NZ. While light low grade plastics will … Continue reading Recycling reduced

The Awesome Ahipara Beach Clean Up needs YOU!

Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē, Ninety Mile Beach is in need of a massive clean up, with an estimated 8-10 tonnes of flotsam and dumping; together we can clean this up. Last year we removed 5 truckloads plus trailers in one morning, this year we aim to double that! We love our beach, and our kaimoana, so come … Continue reading The Awesome Ahipara Beach Clean Up needs YOU!

Bags, the lot!

What a star, EcoCentre volunteer and Kaitāia TimeBank member Paula Walker has made 42 wet bags out of repurposed chook food sacks and old ties for KTB community group member Anne West Kindergarten to use as wet bags in keeping with their Enviroschools and Ecostar kaupapa! So they now should have enough for one for each … Continue reading Bags, the lot!

How ‘green’ is your green alternative?

Whilst it is really encouraging to see many businesses around town switching to what looks like environmentally friendly bags, cups etc some of the options aren't as good as they seem at first sight. I'm sure our local businesses think they're doing the right thing and would be horrified to know that actually they could … Continue reading How ‘green’ is your green alternative?