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Rethink Waste


Every day, millions of things that can be reused or recycled end up being thrown away. To seriously address climate change, we all need to take significant steps forward in our approach to waste.

Nelson City and Tasman District Councils are planning the review of their shared waste plan. This will be our opportunity to rethink waste, not just how we manage it, but how we reduce it and even avoid creating it in the first place.

To make these changes, we are all going to need to work together.

Over the next few months, NCC and TDC would like your ideas on what their focus should be.

When it comes to waste, they want to know what your ideal world looks like, and what steps you think we can take together to get there.

The Government has recently released the updated New Zealand Waste Strategy, which will be the roadmap for the next three decades for a low-emissions, low-waste society. NCC and TDC are already well placed for actions in the strategy, such as collecting food waste and standardising recycling, but they’ll be taking some time to investigate the broader actions in the plan before starting their review, to make sure that their next Waste Plan is well aligned.

Meanwhile, NCC will be saving your suggestions so when they start drafting a new waste plan for public consultation, they can incorporate them as appropriate.

Waste is everyone’s problem, and we all have a role to play in the solution. The little things we can all do will, together, make a big difference.

You tell NCC and TDC! What’s working for you? What’s not? Is there anything you have seen somewhere else you would love to have here? To share your thoughts, stories, photos and videos – if you have ideas on waste, go to the NCC webpage here, scroll down and click on the “Post Your Story” box.


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