The Great Crate Challenge

8/07/2019 12:00 a.m.

​8 July 2019

A herb garden, extra storage for fire wood or toys, crate art - there are tonnes of ways you can reuse your blue recycling crate; so how will you reuse yours?

Waipa District Council is challenging the community to put their thinking caps on and come up with an innovative way to reuse their old recycling crate.

Service delivery group manager, Barry Bergin said the Waipā community was known for its creativity, ingenuity and drive to reduce waste where possible.

“While the blue recycling crates are recyclable, they are made from hard plastic which is much trickier to recycle than normal plastic. It’s a better option to reuse your crate for something else and consider recycling a last resort.

“I am really looking forward to seeing what people come up with. We live in a very innovative and creative community so I am sure there will be plenty of fantastic ideas.”

There are three eco-friendly prizes up for grabs for residents with the most creative ideas. First prize includes a Magic Bullet blender, a Keep Cup, bees wax wraps, metal straws, Love Food Hate Waste freeze container, a hessian reusable bag, bamboo toothbrush and two cook books.

To enter, Waipā residents need to send a photo of their reused blue recycling crates to Council. This can be on submitted through our Facebook page, by emailing, or by popping into Council offices with a hard copy.

If you need a bit of inspiration, check out our blue crates page for some ideas we came up with. The competition opens today and closes at 5pm, Monday 22 July.

If you would like to recycle your crate instead, Council will be holding two drop off days on Saturday 20 July at 214 Churchill Street, Te Awamutu and Sunday 21 July at Hally’s Lane carpark in Cambridge. Both events run from 10am to 2pm. These are the only two dates residents can drop off their crates. Please do not drop them off at Council offices as they will not be accepted.

Page reviewed: 08 Jul 2019 11:28am