To avoid wasting valuable resources, as well as harming our environment and climate, it’s important that we reduce waste wherever we can. Less waste going to landfill also saves money, both on your household income and the costs to manage waste.
The Zero Waste Taranaki website lists a range of things we can do at home to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Sustainable Taranaki and The Rubbish Trip also have practical guides to how and where you can reduce waste in Taranaki.
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There are six general ‘R’ steps we can all follow to reduce our waste:
Refuse – Say “no thanks” to single use items such as straws, or hard to recycle items such as polystyrene and soft plastics.
Replace – Swap single use coffee cups and water bottles for a reusable coffee mug and water bottle. Bring your own produce and carry bags when shopping. Instead of glad wrap and foil, use beeswax wraps, ‘naked’ lunchboxes with compartments, storage containers, and bowl covers for food leftovers.
Reduce – Reduce the soft plastics you send to landfill by choosing loose produce at the supermarket, or products sold in paperboard boxes or recyclable (1-7) plastic containers.
Reuse – Carry your reusable coffee mug, water bottle, bags, straw and take away container with you when you’re out. Donate items in good condition to an opshop for reuse by others. Or pass on excess food to a food redistribution program such as On The House.
Recycle – Recycle any paper, cardboard, tins, cans and hard plastic containers with 1-7 in a triangle. Other product recycling options are also available on the Zero Waste Taranaki Directory.
Recharge the soil – Place any food scraps, meat, bones, seafood shells, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grinds or indoor cut flowers in your food scraps bin each week to be turned into compost. Or set up a compost at home to also compost green waste, tissues, and home compostable packaging.