Bamboo workshop

The EcoCentre recently organised two Bamboo workshops, Judy Klaus attended one of them and reported back for us. (Photos by Judy & Paula Walker). Future workshops are being planned, let us know if you're keen to come! We gathered at John Kenderdine’s property at Lake Ngatu. A look around his property showed a large stand … Continue reading Bamboo workshop

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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…

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

Hot compost takes off

On Friday 30th November, Richard Wallis from NZ Box, came to talk about composting and introduce his compost box design. Richard led an inspiring, dynamic group discussion on soil health and regenerative practices, followed by a demonstration constructing and filling the NZ Box composting unit on Saturday afternoon with a variety of interested community members. The Box was sited on Pukepoto … Continue reading Hot compost takes off

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 …

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