Old Laptops Wanted …

Bring your old laptops that either don’t work or have been replaced into the EcoCentre on Bank Street Kaitāia for recycling into spare parts to help out others in your community. The EcoCentre is running a pilot scheme to test converting parts from old laptops into either working laptops, or spare second hand parts such … Continue reading Old Laptops Wanted …

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Updated info on recycling plastic bottles

After our post Recycling Reduced about the cut back to kerbside recycling locally we were asked why not the #2 janitorial bottles, which seemed like a perfectly good question. So armed with a few facts from Jo Shanks at CBEC Ecosolutions I emailed Andrew Sclater at Northland Waste to find out, and this was his … Continue reading Updated info on recycling plastic bottles

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 cost of clothing

Pop along to the EcoCentre today between 11am and 6pm and for a gold coin you can take part in our Clothes Swap and take away a new wardrobe of clothing! We've got free refreshments too in case anyone needs a nibble whilst they decide.   So why have a clothes swap at the EcoCentre? … Continue reading The cost of clothing

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?

Paataka Kai – Community food stands

Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi With my food basket and your food basket, the people shall live Originally set up through Kaitāia TimeBank as a way for the community to share their spare produce from their gardens, giving value to fruit and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste, the community fruit … Continue reading Paataka Kai – Community food stands

Winning at going Plastic Free

Looking back at our Plastic Free July competitions is really encouraging. Lots of great entries that were on display at Te Ahu for several weeks, and Te Puna Aroha at Kaitāia College put up their own display in the College foyer. Wouldn't it be fantastic to see categories about being single use plastic free and the … Continue reading Winning at going Plastic Free