Author: Liam & Hannah

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 […]

Demystifying the Govt consultation on Proposed Priority Products and Product Stewardship Scheme Guidelines

Demystifying the Govt consultation on Proposed Priority Products and Product Stewardship Scheme Guidelines

The Government is proposing to regulate a whole bunch of problematic wasteful items (finally) and they’re consulting on it RIGHT NOW. Submissions close on Friday 4 October 2019 at 5pm. We strongly encourage you to make a submission. You can do so here. The overwhelming […]

Zero Waste in South Canterbury

Zero Waste in South Canterbury

This guide covers South Canterbury only. For other parts of the Canterbury Region, please refer to the Zero Waste in Canterbury 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 it! Lots of pantry […]

Zero Waste in Golden Bay

Zero Waste in Golden Bay

This guide covers Golden Bay only. For other parts of the Tasman District, or for Nelson City, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Nelson-Tasman Region Homepage. . . Our heartfelt gratitude to Sugarcube Studios, the creators of EcoSpot, for bringing our guides to life – designing a map for us […]

Sh*t Just Got Real! Government Consulting on Product Stewardship

Sh*t Just Got Real! Government Consulting on Product Stewardship

Everyone! Sh*t just got real!  On Friday 9 August 2019, Minister Eugenie Sage MP announced the Government will be consulting on a proposal to declare a range of problematic waste streams “priority products”, by the end of this year! This would mean that a product stewardship […]

Zero Waste in Northern Auckland

Zero Waste in Northern Auckland

This guide covers Northern Auckland only. For other areas of Auckland, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Auckland Region post. . . 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 it! […]