Love Food, Hate Waste
Thursday 12 March 2015
A recent study reveals that every year the average New Zealand family throws away more than $563 worth of edible food. The food wastage was discovered when audits of council rubbish bags and bins were undertaken across the nation to try and find out exactly what foods New Zealanders were throwing away and why.
Waimakariri District Council Solid Waste Asset Manager Kitty Waghorn says “Our own audit in February revealed that a staggering amount of food is thrown away every week. This comes as no real surprise. We have known for some time that 39% of the rubbish placed into kerbside collection bags is food waste, as is 17% of the rubbish in private collection bins.”
Mrs Waghorn says “What did come as a surprise was the amount of still-edible food that's being thrown away. Whole loaves of bread, unopened yoghurts, uneaten apples are just some of the foods that have been found in audits in Waimakariri, and right across the country.”
There are some quick and easy things that can be done to reduce food waste and keep hold of those dollars longer.
- Store your bread in the freezer instead of on the counter to stop it going mouldy or drying out
- Stew up any excess fruit you have that might be going soft or blend it up into a smoothie
- Check your fridge before you go shopping to see what needs using up
- Turn your leftover vegetables into a frittata, or make some fried rice.
For more information on how to reduce your food waste go to Love Food Hate Waste on Facebook.
Wednesday 11 February 2015
As from 14 February 2015 the Council cannot accept separated plasterboard at a discounted price.
We were informed on Wednesday 11 February that the processing plant that takes our plasterboard can’t take our plasterboard any more, as their end-user has advised they are no longer accepting the processed plasterboard.
Consequently the Council is unable to accept separated plasterboard at a discounted price, and all plasterboard will have to be put into the rubbish pit at the full rubbish disposal charge, until further notice.
We apologise for the inconvenience, but unfortunately there was no advance notice about the cessation of business by the processor. We are trying to locate another business that will take plasterboard, and will advise customers once we have found another outlet for this material.
Kaiapoi Recycling Collection Changes
Friday 12 December 2014
If your property falls within the red or yellow area shown on the map (pdf, 154 kB), your recycling week will change. To continue a high standard of service and to provide a more efficient recycling collection service in Kaiapoi, the Council's contractor has revised kerbside recycling collection routes.
Affected Area One (Red): South of the Kaiapoi River, from the river to Ohoka Road, and from Williams Street to Otaki Street (but not including Otaki Street) - Your last week 1 collection will be Thursday 5 February 2015. Your first week 2 collection will be made on Thursday 12 February 2015.
Affected Area Two (Yellow): Beach Road from Williams Street, including the new Beach Grove subdivision, and in The Pines and Kairaki Beaches - Your last week 2 collection will be Friday 30 January 2015. Your first week 1 collection will be made on Friday 6 February 2015.
Discounted Home Compost Systems available for sale
Monday 14 October 2013
We are now selling ZingBokashi compost systems and CompostZing at the ReSale Store at Southbrook resource recovery park; we sell Bokashi products at the same discounted price there and at our service centres. If you want a good-sized compost bin at a discounted price, Earthmaker compost bin kits are also available at the ReSale Store. Prices are on our Fees and Charges page.
Southbrook Resource Recovery Park
Monday 27 August 2012
The ReSale Store has proven to be a very popular place to shop even in the winter months, as it has a wide range of second-hand goods for sale, from glasses and dinnerware, through clothes, toys, picture frames and books, to furniture and tools, and a lot more besides! While we don’t weigh the second-hand goods in or out, we estimate that we have diverted over 90 tonnes that would normally have been sent to the landfill, through the ReSale Store.
In addition to second-hand goods, we have received 41.6 tonnes of hazardous wastes over the ten month period from October 2011 to July 2012 (19 tonnes more than the same period before the upgrade) and 1,265.7 tonnes of recycling (181 tonnes more), plus new initiatives have resulted in over 80 tonnes of electronic waste being recycled via e-Scrap (2,179 TVs, 641 computer monitors, and 14.2 tonnes of assorted electrical goods) and 10.5 tonnes of paint sent to Enviropaints for recycling.
The changed layout at the transfer station site has also made it easier for residents and businesses to dispose of garden waste, clean hardfill and plasterboard, and 2,124 tonnes of these materials have been diverted from landfill from October 2011 to July 2012 (199 tonnes more than the same period in the previous year).
Waste Management Plan Review
Monday 27 August 2012
Consultation on the draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan was held between 28 April and 28 May 2012, with a public hearing and deliberations held on 20 June 2012. The final version of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2012, which had been amended as a result of the submissions received as part of the consultation process, was adopted by the Council at its meeting on 7 August 2012. A total of 53 written submissions were received, and six verbal submissions were heard.
The 2011 Waste Assessment had confirmed that organic waste (garden and food wastes) and waste from construction and demolition are the ‘big ticket’ items now that the kerbside recycling and transfer station upgrade have been implemented. The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan includes a number of options relating to landfill diversion (for example multiple bin kerbside collections and other means of diverting organic wastes, improving access to recycling services for rural residents, cleanfill capacity, and regular waste audits) that the Council will investigate over the next two to three years. The Council will consult with the public on diversion options once the investigations have provided enough information to do so.