Author: Liam & Hannah

Letter to NZ Transport Ministers Re Low-Carbon Inter-Regional Transport Options under Alert Level 2

Letter to NZ Transport Ministers Re Low-Carbon Inter-Regional Transport Options under Alert Level 2

Tēnā kōrua Hon Phil Twyford (Minister of Transport) and Hon Julie Anne Genter (Associate Minister of Transport), We’re writing to you to express our concerns about inter-regional transport options during Alert Level 2 and to inquire how the Government will address the cancellation of train and […]

Fixing our Fibre Problem: Paper and Cardboard Does Not Belong in Landfill

Fixing our Fibre Problem: Paper and Cardboard Does Not Belong in Landfill

When conversations about waste come up, it’s very common for plastic to steal all the air time. However, zero waste is not just about plastic (which, after all, is only one waste stream among many). Zero waste is about being mindful of all the resources […]

Reducing Your Recycling Stockpile while in COVID-19 Lockdown

Reducing Your Recycling Stockpile while in COVID-19 Lockdown

Wellington City Council has postponed recycling collections during the COVID-19 lockdown and will only be offering rubbish collections.** For people living in Wellington City (and other areas where recycling collections are temporarily on pause), who still want to reduce waste to landfill during this time, this […]

Joint Submission on Government’s Landfill Levy Proposals

At the end of last year the Ministry for the Environment released a consultation document proposing an increase and expansion of the waste disposal levy (the landfill levy), improvements in waste data, and a plan for how to invest the extra levy revenue. The proposal is […]

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 […]