Be a Tirading Kiwi

12/11/2019

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. […]
26/08/2019

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 […]
08/08/2019

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 […]
10/04/2019

What to Do About Single-Use or ‘Avoidable’ Plastics and Plastic Packaging?

*** This post was updated in October 2019 to reflect recent waste policy developments*** Key Points The zero waste approach to plastics reduction focuses on replacing single-use […]
18/12/2018

Getting Down to Business: advocating for businesses to reduce their waste

Getting in touch with businesses who you reckon could do more on the waste front is a great way to make changes. People often believe that their one […]
09/11/2018

Trashing Waste: an article in the New Zealand Journal, Policy Quarterly

Recently, Hannah published an article in the journal Policy Quarterly about New Zealand’s waste policy. See the PDF below for the full issue (Hannah’s article starts on p.13). […]
19/07/2018

Use Whose Containers? The Legality of BYO containers for Food Purchases in New Zealand

*** UPDATE! We had success! In mid-2019, Foodstuffs (North Island only) and Countdown (nationwide) announced they now officially accept BYO containers at their delis *** Key […]
24/05/2018

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, […]
15/04/2018

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 […]
08/04/2018

Beverage Containers: A better fate than litter and landfill

*** This post was updated in October 2019 to reflect policy developments *** Key points In New Zealand we use 2.23 billion beverage containers a year. […]
04/04/2018

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

*** This post was most recently updated on October 2019 to reflect recent waste policy developments*** Key Points New Zealand has a piece of legislation that allows […]
04/04/2018

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 […]