The Rubbish Trip return

Back in November 2017 we were lucky to have Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Price, aka Two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip visit Kaitāia and give their inspiring flagship talk about Reducing our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach. It felt like a flying visit and we wished we had more time with them. This … Continue reading The Rubbish Trip return

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Poster competition – Plastic Free July 2019

Thanks to a request on Facebook for a repeat of last year's popular Plastic Free July poster competition Jo Shanks of CBEC Ecosolutions has stepped up and organised a poster competition for under 18s. So please note that the entries need to be dropped off at CBEC/The Garden Centre at Pukepoto Road! They are open … Continue reading Poster competition – Plastic Free July 2019

Laptop recycling scheme

The EcoCentre has over the last 6 months been running a pilot scheme to recycle old laptops, which can be either fixed and upgraded and sold back into the community, or broken down into spare parts which can then be used to repair other laptops or upgrade them. The scheme not only reduces the amount … Continue reading Laptop recycling scheme

Competition time!

Plastic Free Kaitāia 2020 are running three competitions for local businesses and educational institutions through Plastic Free July 2019. With the single use plastic carrier bag ban kicking in on 1st July, we want to recognise what extra steps are being taken in out community to combat the amount of single use plastic that ends … Continue reading Competition time!

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

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 …