- Keep your letterbox free of junk mail by putting a “No Ad Mail” sticker up. You can get these stickers for free at all Council offices and libraries. You can also sign up for an electronic mail box with Ecomailbox. That way you'll still get all your favourite catalogues, but without the need for all that extra paper.
- Just say “no thanks” to single-use plastic bags when you are doing your shopping. Take a reusable bag with you instead.
- Sip don’t suck. While straws may be handy the plastic they are made out of is not biodegradable. Next time you are out, don’t take a straw!
- It’s all the rage to use reusable bags when doing the weekly shop. The next step is getting a couple of reusable produce bags. Just get what you need in the handy lightweight produce bags, instead of another single-use plastic bag.
- Shop wisely by choosing products that have less packaging. Or buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging you take home with you.
- Buy one good quality lifelong item instead of ten cheaper - but not long lasting - options. For example, a classic coat that will last many seasons.
Recharge the soil
- Instead of throwing leftover food or garden scraps out, try a green waste collection service or get into composting it yourself.
- Support local business who are environmentally aware and make an effort to reduce waste.
- Share with businesses what you would like to see them sell, do or not do anymore.
- Pause before you buy something, and consider these questions:
- How long will it be in my life for?
- What is it made of? Can I recycle it?
- What happens to it at the end of its life?
- What packaging does it come in?
- Do I really need it?
- Could I borrow or rent one?
The Waipa way to deal with our waste!
Then we can try any of these great ways to stop waste going to landfill.
- Re-charge the soil
- Rest goes to landfill