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

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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!

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

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?

Community clean up rubbish recycled

Spring has sprung in Kaitaia, a few groups combined forces on Saturday 15th September to spruce up the old Pak 'nSave and surrounding areas, remove tagging, rubbish and weeds, and plant some lovely gardens. They also water blasted, ran a litter collection, and generally gave our township a bit of well deserved love! EcoSolutions were happy … Continue reading Community clean up rubbish recycled

Bottle Drive bonanza!

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!

Bring along your bottles!

The Kiwi Bottle Drive is returning to the Kaitaia Saturday market this Saturday 14 July as part of Plastic Free July, after a spectacularly successful debut last year, when market patrons recycled more than 20,000 cans and bottles. "Similar events were held around the country, and Kaitaia folk were the country's top recyclers," Kiwi Bottle … Continue reading Bring along your bottles!

Keep batteries out of bins!

Batteries are not cheaply recyclable in their current form. So the only long-term option is to encourage the producers to take responsibility by either taking them back, paying the recycling costs or developing non hazardous batteries. I’ve been staggered at the amount of batteries we are collecting what that cost really equates to.  For example … Continue reading Keep batteries out of bins!