Reducing your waste
New Zealand families throw out about $560 worth of food each year – that's three shopping trolleys full. As a country, we throw out 157,389 tonnes every year – enough food to feed everyone in Kāpiti for nearly eight years!
Let’s sort out waste is a website created by eight councils from the Greater Wellington Region, including Kāpiti Coast District Council.
We’ve partnered to help support people in our communities to reduce their waste. Let’s sort out waste is about thinking differently about waste – from purchase, to storage and transport, to reuse and re-purpose so that we can work towards living lives that are waste free. Check out the tips, tricks and inspiration to see what you can do to reduce waste around your home, and contribute your own ideas, to help others in your community.
It’s easy to make small changes – and a big difference – to the amount of food you waste. Kāpiti Coast District Council is one of 60 councils around the country that supports Love Food Hate Waste, helping you make those changes. Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for tips, recipes and lots of info about getting the most out of your food!
It's best to keep greenwaste and food waste out of our rubbish bins, where it will end up in landfill. Conditions in landfill aren’t right for greenwaste to break down into compost; instead it rots, and produces methane (a greenhouse gas). It also contributes to making toxic leachate, which can contaminate our environment.
Two collectors collect greenwaste, so you can sign up for a greenwaste collection service.
Other options are:
- dropping greenwaste off at transfer stations
- home composting
- joining a community mulcher club.
The cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to deal with your greenwaste is to compost it at home. There are lots of resources available online on the ins and outs of composting, for example, The Compost Collective.
Council occasionally runs workshops on composting, and also offers workshops on demand to groups. Contact [email protected] if you would like more information on home composting.
Community mulcher clubs
Community mulcher clubs have been set up in Raumati South and Paekākāriki using funds from the Waste Reduction Grants. There’s an annual fee to join a club (which covers maintenance and eventual machine replacement) as well as hire fees for use.
Training is provided, and safety equipment supplied with the mulcher.
Clubs are happy to discuss their experiences with you – the machines they purchased, club structure, etc. Email [email protected] for more information and club contact details.