Catch up on current waste news, events and information from around Southland
The Unpackit Awards are run by Wanaka Wastebusters to encourage New Zealanders to choose smart packaging and raise awareness about the issue of packaging waste. The Unpackits Awards's mission is to tackle ridiculous, over-the-top-packaging. You can help the Unpackit Team to encourage companies to use packaging which is better for the environment.
Put in a nomination now for packaging you love or hate for the 2013 Unpackit Awards. Deadline for nominations is 5pm Friday July 5.
Sick of being bombarded with junk mail? You are not alone.
In October last year, we started our year long project to collect and record the junk mail recieved in an Invercargill households mailbox. And seven months in our results are surprising.
So far we have found that junk infiltrates your mailbox on average 4 days a week. This equals a monthly average of 79 pieces of junkmail, weighing in at 2.64kg.
Over the past 6 months, we have recieved 474 pieces of junkmail, weighing a total of 15.85kg. If every household in Invercargill recieved the same volume, it would equal 950 tonnes of junkmail at the end of the year. This is 7,600 trees worth of paper!
If you would like to save the trees, and put a stop to junk mail, email us your postal address and we'll mail you a 'no junk mail' sticker for FREE.
Kia Ora, welcome to the autumn edition of Resource News. The next three months are really exciting with Southland switching over to the digital TV network, Environment Southland and Agrecovery collecting unwanted chemicals, release of our new Teachers' Resource, and we can't forget about Easter!
This season we are introducing a new segment to our newsletter called "Local Heroes". Our first local hero is Bluff's very own "Tracker" Black. If you have anyone you would like to nominate for our "Local Heroes" section we'd love to hear from you!
Also in this edition, we've got a solution for your autumn leaf crisis as well as our 5 tops tips for reducing waste this Easter.
We hope you enjoy this edition of Resource News.
Congratulations to Robyn Johnston who is the winner of the ENJO eco-friendly car cleaning kit valued at $150. Robyn went in the draw to win this awesome prize by correctly answering the question - how many trees were saved by Southlanders recycling in the Summer edition of Resource News - the answer was a whopping 45,242 trees.
Robyn will no longer by reaching for that bottle of carwash, instead she will be following these five simple steps. Thank you to all of those entered the competition. Make sure you keep an eye out for our next competition.
Kia Ora, welcome to the summer edition of Resource News. The temperature is rising and the silly seauson is now among us. Here at WasteNet we have come up with five easy steps towards a more sustainable summer and ten top tips to help you have an eco-friendly Christmas.
This season you will also read about how to 'eco-clean' your car, and find out where and how you can reuse and repair your old bike. Take a look at some exciting things currently happening in our community with the South Alive team and Makarewa Playcentre. Finally, for those of you holidaying around the South Island this summer, we have included some information on your nearest recycling facilities. We hope you enjoy this edition of Resource News.
Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas and an enjoyable summer!
Recycle your empty aerosol cans in the yellow recycling bin or local recycle centre