Be a Tirading Kiwi is home to our zero waste advocacy-related content. We strongly believe informed public advocacy can influence meaningful local and central government action on zero waste, circular economy and waste minimisation. On this page, you'll find links to 'hot button' , topical issues in the zero waste world, featured campaigns and activism, resources like consultation submission templates, as well as our extended reckons and research on topics related to zero waste, circularity, waste policy and practice .
To move closer to a zero waste world, change is needed at all levels of society. Individual lifestyle changes are powerful (that's how we started out in this whole waste thing), but to accelerate systemic transformation, Government and business action is needed too.
We've created this page to help inform, inspire and facilitate individuals and communities to advocate for system level change on waste issues. We decided to do this because a lot of people have told us the feel daunted by the idea of trying to influence governments and businesses, or don't know where to start.
The 'Be a Tirading Kiwi' concept is tongue in cheek - we definitely aren't condoning rampages!! Rather, it challenges the idea that individual/community action on waste is limited to using rubbish bins and picking up litter (i.e. Be a Tidy Kiwi). We can do so much more than that to make a difference - after all, waste problems are so much Bigger than Litter.
We hope that these resources are helpful! Please note that not everything on this page is completely up to date - politics, policy and industry practice is constantly changing! Rather than rewriting all our posts all of the time (we tried to do this for a while, it got annoying, lol), we've arranged this page so you can see more clearly what's topical, and where some content may be partially out-dated. For really old stuff, we've put them into an archived section. We haven't removed them entirely because we think it's still useful to have them on record; knowing where we've come from is sometimes just as important as knowing where we're at and where we need to go!