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!

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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!

Creating Kaitāia Kete

One of the worst offenders for plastic pollution in our environment is the plastic bag. So as part of the campaign to get Kaitāia free from single use plastic by 2020 the idea of a Kaitāia Kete was born. We were lucky enough to get selected for Good in the Hood funding which will go … Continue reading Creating Kaitāia Kete

KPS Room 1 wrap it up!

Room 1 at Kaitaia Primary School got the opportunity to make their own personalised beeswax lunchwrap with Jo Shanks of CBEC Ecosolutions.   Using plain cotton cloth the tamariki drew on their own designs and then Jo dipped the cloths in a pan of melted beeswax, a few wafts around in the air and voila! … Continue reading KPS Room 1 wrap it up!

Support our local EcoStars!

As part of the Far North District Council commitment to waste minimisation in the region the Council initiated the EcoStar award for businesses, to promote and recognise achievements in this area. The EcoStar provides organisations with a structured process for the development, implementation and maintenance of a waste minimisation plan. The EcoStar can then be … Continue reading Support our local EcoStars!

Plastic-Free Tuesdays: One day a week of no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.

Kirihou kore! Kia kotahi te rangi i ia wiki. Kawea ake! Plastic-Free Tuesday is a challenge not to buy anything that is made of plastic or contains plastic. We also don’t use anything made of plastic that we have to throw away after using it. So no bananas wrapped in plastic, no plastic bags, no … Continue reading Plastic-Free Tuesdays: One day a week of no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.

Zero Waste (Fund)Raising awareness!

The EcoCentre has put together a Zero Waste raffle worth over $100, thanks to the support of several generous contributors . Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available at the EcoCentre, Mon-Fri 10-4, Saturdays 10-12. Message us if you'd like some but can't call in when we're open. Zero Waste is … Continue reading Zero Waste (Fund)Raising awareness!