Wasteful habits in their sights

From left, Sarah Carr, Tori Christie from the Compost Collective, and Betsy Kettle of Whangaparaoa Recycling Centre – pictured with plastic buckets, which for the first time, will be reused for bokashi bins at a local workshop.

A new Zero Waste incentive is taking shape with local organisations working with the Whangaparaoa Recycling Centre – the goal is to minimise waste across the Hibiscus Coast.

Sarah Carr from Linku2 Hibiscus Coast says her organisation, as well as the Whangaparaoa Community Hub, Future Whangaparaoa, Auckland Council Waste Minimisation, the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste Trustees and Destination Orewa Beach are involved.

Talks have begun with local businesses, body corporates, restaurants and cafés towards minimising their waste. A major goal is to divert food scraps using composting systems as well as inoculating biochar to enable carbon sequestration in the soil. While plants can take carbon out of the atmosphere, organic matter and biochar in the topsoil can store it.

Because it is Plastic Free July, the team started the ball rolling with plastic – offering a range of innovative alternatives. Kim Lane of The Coastal Cabin, Vicki Pickles of Pickled Pink Wrap Bags and Helen Bakker of Collective Talents joined the team, pooling time and ideas to set up the plastic free display at Coast Plaza (July 7-22).

Also throughout July plastic alternatives, created by local small businesses, are on display and for sale at the Whangaparaoa Community Hub.

A number of workshops are also being offered this month at The Hub – these include a free upcycling and craft day for kids, one on how to make a bokashi bin and another about starting plastic-free habits – for more information, see What’s On.

Info: look for Zero Waste Hibiscus Coast on Facebook or call into the Community Hub, 707 Whangaparaoa Road.