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Podcast 27: Nicola Turner: Mainstream Green

Podcast 27: Nicola Turner: Mainstream Green

Nicola Turner, resident of the small Waikato town of Cambridge, is the creator of the social enterprise, Mainstream Green. Through Mainstream Green, Nic combines her personal experience of her own family’s transition to sustainable living – along with her in-depth knowledge of human behaviour – to help people and 

Joint submission of Wellington zero waste community on WCC’s Long-term Plan 2021-2031

Joint submission of Wellington zero waste community on WCC’s Long-term Plan 2021-2031

A group of advocates doing zero waste mahi in Wellington have come together to write a response on Wellington City Council’s Long-term Plan for 2021-2031.  See our submission here For more information on WCC’s Long-term Plan and to make your own submission, check out their website 

Support a Comprehensive Beverage Container Return Scheme for New Zealand

Support a Comprehensive Beverage Container Return Scheme for New Zealand

The beverage container return scheme: is it under threat before it gets started? A beverage container return scheme (abbreviated ‘CRS’) means beverage containers – like bottles, cans and tetrapaks – carry a small, refundable deposit that people pay when they buy a drink and then get back when 

Resources to help you have your say on Climate Change Commission’s Draft Advice

Resources to help you have your say on Climate Change Commission’s Draft Advice

From now until 28 March 2021, Te Pou a Rangi — The Climate Change Commission, is seeking feedback on their first ever draft emissions budgets and advice to Government. This is a big milestone for climate action in Aotearoa, and a real opportunity to make 

Preaching to “The Converted” #11: Beth Walker

Preaching to “The Converted” #11: Beth Walker

    Beth has lived a waste-free since 2018. She was inspired to start after attending one of the Rubbish Trip’s talks where she learnt that recycling is an inadequate solution to our global waste crisis. Beth tries to minimise waste in all areas of 

ZERO WASTE IN NEW ZEALAND IN 2020: A YEAR IN REVIEW

ZERO WASTE IN NEW ZEALAND IN 2020: A YEAR IN REVIEW

2020… the year that so many want to end. Unfortunately, when the clocks tick over to 12:01am on 1 January 2021, our world’s waste woes will still be there to greet us, just like COVID, the housing crisis, climate change and everything else we might 

Liam talks sh*t: composting toilets for Wellington?

Liam talks sh*t: composting toilets for Wellington?

Today, we (mostly Liam) presented to the Wellington City Council Strategy and Policy Committee, to make the case for composting toilets to be considered in the Long-Term Plan. Don’t worry, we weren’t proposing that the Council do away with the flush toilet sewage system, but 

Submitting on Wellington City Council Proposed Solid Waste Management & Minimisation Bylaw 2020

Submitting on Wellington City Council Proposed Solid Waste Management & Minimisation Bylaw 2020

Wellingtonians! Consultation is now open on the Wellington City Council Proposed Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2020! You have until 5pm on 25 September 2020 to make a submission. The Rubbish Trip is sharing this blog post to: a) give you an outline of 

Resources to Help You Submit on Govt’s Proposal to Ban some Hard-to-Recycle and Single-Use Plastic Items

Resources to Help You Submit on Govt’s Proposal to Ban some Hard-to-Recycle and Single-Use Plastic Items

On Wednesday 12 August 2020 the Government announced a proposal to ban a range of hard-to-recycle and single-use plastic items. The proposal is now up for public consultation until 4 December 2020, 5pm. This proposal is a big deal and it’s important we take the time to 

Government proposes bans on wide range of PVC, polystyrene and single-use plastic products

Government proposes bans on wide range of PVC, polystyrene and single-use plastic products

Off the back of the announcement yesterday that New Zealand would be returning to Alert Level 2 and Auckland to Alert Level 3, perhaps this morning’s very different announcement from Associate Minister Eugenie Sage about single-use plastics might lift your spirits!    The Government has