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

Kai-Tāia Kapu coming soon!

Saturday 29th June will see the launch of the Kai-Tāia Kapu at Kaitāia Market, ready for Plastic Free July, and international challenge to reduce single use plastic from our lives. The kapu are a glass reusable travel cup for coffee etc, with a blue silicone lid and grey grip band with the green logo on. … Continue reading Kai-Tāia Kapu coming soon!

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…

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 …

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

Bags, the lot!

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!

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?