Be a Tirading Kiwi

Sometimes Smashing, Sometimes Crushing: The story of glass in New Zealand

Sometimes Smashing, Sometimes Crushing: The story of glass in New Zealand

Key points More and more consumers are looking to glass packaging as a more sustainable alternative to plastic. Glass has environmental benefits over plastic: it’s infinitely recyclable, it’s reusable, and it’s non-toxic if it escapes into the environment. However glass has environmental drawbacks: it’s energy intensive to […]

Have Your Say When Councils Talk Trash: Waste Management and Minimisation Plans

Have Your Say When Councils Talk Trash: Waste Management and Minimisation Plans

Key Points The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 requires city/district councils to produce a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) and to review it every six years (sections 43 and 50). In these 6-yearly reviews, councils have to explain the waste situation in their district/city (called […]

Beverage Containers: A better fate than litter and landfill

Beverage Containers: A better fate than litter and landfill

Key points In New Zealand we use 2.23 billion beverage containers a year. Only 40% are recycled. The rest get landfilled or become land and marine litter. A container deposit scheme (CDS) – where people can redeem a 10c deposit on any empty beverage container they […]

No More Time to Waste: Getting Action under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008!

No More Time to Waste: Getting Action under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008!

Key Points New Zealand has a piece of legislation that allows us to make policies to reduce our society’s wastefulness. It’s called the Waste Minimisation Act (WMA) and it was passed 10 years ago. The WMA makes it more expensive to throw rubbish out than […]

Is this out of my hands?: The role of the individual in waste policy change

Is this out of my hands?: The role of the individual in waste policy change

Key points As individuals we have an important role to play in reducing society’s waste by making changes in our own lives. However, societal waste reduction is not up to us alone; businesses and governments also need to step up. In New Zealand, the Waste […]

Be a Tirading Kiwi: An everyday New Zealander’s toolkit for advocating on waste minimisation issues

Be a Tirading Kiwi: An everyday New Zealander’s toolkit for advocating on waste minimisation issues

 Be a Tirading Kiwi is a resource by The Rubbish Trip to help support the public to advocate on waste minimisation issues so we can bring about change in New Zealand waste policy. We focus on waste problems in New Zealand for which there are […]