Organisers are hailing the Coast’s first ‘zero waste’ event (HM February 14) a success after reducing the amount of rubbish that went to landfill by more than 80 percent.
The Boulevard Arts Festival, on February 17 in Orewa, attracted around 8000 people to its mix of arts, crafts, food and entertainment.
Organisers Destination Orewa Beach brought in Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste, Compost Couriers and volunteers from the Orewa Surf Life Saving Club to assist the public with separating their waste correctly into bins labelled compost, recycling and landfill.
As a result, of the 202.2kg of total waste generated from the event, only 35.1kg could not be recycled, composted or re-used.
This adds up to an 83 percent reduction in the waste sent to landfill.
“For year one of such an exercise this is an outstanding result, Destination Orewa’s operations manager Hellen Wilkins says.