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
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
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
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
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!
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?
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
September has been a very reflective month for us at the EcoCentre. With reports to write for funders of our Plastic Free July/Kaitāia 2020 campaign, and the Community Clean Up on top of the AGM for Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao O Te Tai Tokerau (Far North Environment Centre), the trust that runs the EcoCentre. Not … Continue reading Reflecting back and looking forward
So much has been happening here over the last couple of months, where do I start?! If you were following our Facebook pages and groups like Plastic Free Te Hiku you'll have a good idea of how extraordinarily well our campaign for Plastic Free July went this year, and the growing momentum for change away … Continue reading Working together for change
7.30 am last Saturday morning at the Kaitāia market, kids waiting patiently to claim 10 cents each for their cans and bottles. What an epic Kiwi Bottle Drive! We paid out nearly $2,000 over 4 hours. They just kept coming. People collected bottles and cans from places like SH 1 and Lake Ngatu. Two people … Continue reading Bottle Drive bonanza!