It’s easy to enjoy a merry Zero Waste Christmas this year with a few of these handy tips from NPDC.
Not surprisingly the volume of waste and recycling is up at this time of year. Last December the volume of recyclables was 31% higher than the monthly average, 12% for general waste and 7% for food scraps.
However, NPDC Resource recovery Manager Kimberley Hope says there are some simple ways to cut that back.
“For instance, use children’s artwork you’ve collected through the year for wrapping paper or get them to decorate sheets of paper to make their own.”
Foil wrapping paper can’t be recycled, so put that in your red-top bin while plastic wrapping can be recycled through your nearest Countdown supermarket.
You can also take trees with a trunk of 10 centimetres or less to a transfer station as green waste
People looking for unique gift, be sure to stop in at The Junction Zero Waste Hub on Colson Road in New Plymouth to see its range of upcycled and preloved goods for sale.
Find out more at thejunction.org.nz.
Other low-waste tips include:
NPDC’s kerbside recycling and rubbish service will continue on the usual days during Christmas and New Year, including public holidays.
Please do not fill your blue bin higher than the rim to reduce the risk of items falling out when crate is lifted. Take any extra glass bottles or jars to the transfer station for free or wait until your next collection.
Caption: Try making your own decorations or gifts and enjoy a zero waste Christmas.
Page last updated: 07:10PM Sun 11 December 2022