Author: Liam & Hannah

Govt Consultation on Landfill Levy, Waste Data and More: An Explainer from the Zero Waste Community

Govt Consultation on Landfill Levy, Waste Data and More: An Explainer from the Zero Waste Community

Ngā mihi mō te tau hou! At the end of last year the Ministry for the Environment released an 81 page tome announcing a proposal to increase and expand the waste disposal levy (the landfill levy), improve waste data, and make a plan for how […]

Preaching to “The Converted” #10: Kate and Antony White

Preaching to “The Converted” #10: Kate and Antony White

  Kate is a school teacher specialising in Te Reo Māori and Coordinator of the Mid-Canterbury Timebank. She and her husband, Antony (an accountant), live in Ashburton, New Zealand. They’ve been actively reducing their waste since the beginning of 2019. Kate wrote on her blog […]

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2019: A Year in Review

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2019: A Year in Review

What a year 2019 has been for the zero waste movement in NZ! While the movement has been growing steadily internationally for some time, 2019 felt like NZ’s year for raising the profile of this way of life. This is partly because loads of things […]

Zero Waste in Porirua

Zero Waste in Porirua

This guide covers Porirua only. For other parts of the Greater Wellington Region, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Greater Wellington Region homepage. . . Our heartfelt gratitude to Sugarcube Studios, the creators of EcoSpot, for bringing our guides to life – designing a map for us and creating such joyful imagery to go with […]

Hey New Zealand! This summer, let’s not be chuckers…

Hey New Zealand! This summer, let’s not be chuckers…

This post is part of The Rubbish Guilt-Trip series. Before you read on, we recommend reading the initial post (if you haven’t already), which describes our intention behind this series and the straight-up communication style we will be adopting. Ah, summer, a time for Kiwis to kick back, relax, […]

Waste-to-Energy: Sending Zero Waste Up in Flames

Waste-to-Energy: Sending Zero Waste Up in Flames

Key Points Waste-to-energy incineration proposals for municipal solid waste are popping up around NZ. Regardless of what waste-to-energy proponents claim, burning rubbish is not zero waste. It’s a continuation of the linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economy, which is unsustainable and the anathema of zero waste. We need […]

Turning a Blind Eye: Backyard burying and burning of rubbish in New Zealand

Turning a Blind Eye: Backyard burying and burning of rubbish in New Zealand

This post is part of The Rubbish Guilt-Trip series. Before you read on, we recommend reading the initial post (if you haven’t already), which describes our intention behind this series and the straight-up communication style we will be adopting. Burying and burning household and plastic rubbish […]

The Rubbish Guilt-Trip: Two No-Waste Nomads Get Blunt with People

The Rubbish Guilt-Trip: Two No-Waste Nomads Get Blunt with People

The Rubbish Guilt-Trip is a category on our website specifically for posts on thornier, possibly controversial, issues, and how they relate to zero waste. Many of these topics are ones that, up till now, we’ve steered clear of for fear of touching nerves. They focus more on individual behaviour and practices, as […]

6-monthly transport footprint (5 April 2019 – 5 October 2019)

6-monthly transport footprint (5 April 2019 – 5 October 2019)

A year has passed since we gave up our car – woah! Can you believe it, but we’re still managing to move around/survive/do a fulltime roadshow without any vehicle whatsoever? Liam has even managed to retain some of his manhood in the process, despite doing […]

Hey man, where are you? The underrepresentation of men in the world of zero waste

Hey man, where are you? The underrepresentation of men in the world of zero waste

  Liam here – usually, The Rubbish Trip’s posts are co-authored, and although both Hannah and I are interested in this issue, I wanted to share my own thoughts (as a cis-gender, heterosexual male) about why there seems to be so few men involved in the […]