Waste Minimisation Plan
Ashburton District Council adopted its Waste Management and Waste Minimisation Plan in 2016. The plan sets out Councils vision, goals, objectives and specific strategies to promote waste minimisation and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Our vision for the future is working towards zero waste.
Much of the waste currently sent to landfill can be reused, recycled or recovered. Diverting this waste from landfill saves money and is good for our environment.
Council provides a free, local education programme for waste minimisation, recycling and water conservation.
The free education sessions focus on recycling, waste minimisation, source separation, resource recovery and water conservation. These sessions are available to schools, individuals and groups. An Education Centre is located at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park adjacent to the re-use shop. The centre is open to the public, and features static displays and regularly hosts public education sessions.
For more information on the education programme please contact Eco Educate on 0800 326 338.
Kate Meads Waste-Free
Parenting Workshops and Food Lovers Masterclasses
View the ticketing info for November 2018 and join the Facebook event.
If you are keen to know more, visit the Kate Meads website.
Love Food Hate Waste NZ
New Zealand families waste about $560 of food every year that ends up uneaten in rubbish bins. This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country and equates to 122,000 tonnes of edible food going into landfill and generating greenhouse gases.
Ashburton District Council is proud to be a part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this wastefulness around by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food.
Recycling for kids
Looking for ways to educate children about recycling? Check out these fun resources:
- Science Kids – recycling facts for kids
- Activity Village – a UK website with resources for children on recycling
- Recycle City– Game suitable for year 7-9 students. It helps children learn about the different ways of disposing waste
Compostable alternatives to plastic packaging
Consumer demand for alternatives to plastic packaging and a desire from businesses to lessen their environmental impact has led to a variety of new packaging choices. Sometimes, it is difficult to work out what all of these terms mean and - importantly, where these products will end up after they've been used.
A WasteMINZ working group has therefore developed these guides to help people understand the alternatives to plastic packaging.
Stone paper - is it recyclable?
'Stone paper' has been shown on TV as being a product that is better for the environment than paper produced from wood pulp. While that may be the case with regard to how it is produced, unfortunately
Stone paper is calcium carbonate bonded with HDPE (number 2 plastics). It is classed as a plastic, not paper, but it is a mixed-material and we can't accept it for recycling in the kerbside collection bin or at the resource recovery parks.
EcoCentral, which processes our paper and plastics, says stone paper would most likely be a contaminate in the mixed plastics stream, and while it appears it can be recycled in either number 2 plastics or back into stone paper, for this to be successful it would need to be collected and processed separately to their recycling processes.
Not-for-profit organisations and national bodies
If you'd like more information about waste minimisation and reduction, check out these not-for-profit organisations: