Borrow, recycle & return kit
Are you a school in Waipā wanting to recycle at your school galas and events? Waipa District Council can help.
Our waste minimisation kit, which is free to borrow and return, includes covers for wheelie bins to tell your school whānau what goes where, and flags so that gala goers know where your waste minimisation station is. We also have covers for your normal playground rubbish bins to help you control the waste flow at your event.
Schools will need to arrange their own bins and waste company to remove the recycling and rubbish after the event and can use our kit to ensure the right stuff goes in the right bins.
If you are recycling at your school gala for the first time, shout about it! We would love to hear how much recycling you collected compared to rubbish by using the kit.
To borrow the kit for an event at your school, please email Waipa District Council waste minimisation officer Sally Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top tips for a zero waste event
- Think about what you are selling or giving away at the event. Focus on zero waste items and unwrapped items e.g. beeswax wraps and upcycled toys and avoid creating rubbish. If you think you might create lots of food waste, find a family who has a pig or chickens and save the food waste for the animals.
- Think about what packaging your food and drink is in and choose those ones that can be recycled.
- Be aware that “compostable” plant-based plastics cannot be recycled - they need to be separated and sent to a commercial composter.
- Have a free water refill station to avoid single-use water bottles altogether! Recyclable bottles are preferred over single-use plastic or paper cups.
- Get your MC to mention the efforts to recycle at your event, at the start and throughout the event to keep it top of mind.
We have an awesome collection of cups in our ‘mug library’ which is also available for borrowing. The mug library is a great way to avoid disposable cups!