Reducing your waste

Masterton District Council prides itself as being clean and green. The Council is committed to recycling and reusing as much of our waste as possible and ultimately reducing the amount we send to landfill.

By reducing your rubbish you can:

  • Reduce demands on natural resources.
  • Reduce the amount of material disposed in landfills.
  • Reduce disposal costs for the Council and ratepayers.
  • Save money on weekly grocery bills (products with less packaging cost less).
  • Use products you’ve recycled yourself, such as compost and paper, instead of buying them.

Take a look at the Wasted Video Series below to learn more about our key waste streams here in NZ including Recycling, Waste Water and Landfill.

Some easy steps to reduce your rubbish

The following steps can dramatically reduce what ends up in your rubbish bag each week:

  • Buy products that use less packaging (economy size, refills or concentrates).
  • Buy products packaged in recyclable material, such as paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, tin or plastic containers – not plastic film.
  • Avoid or reduce the use of disposables (razors, pens, plates and cups).
  • When buying only one or two items, tell retailers “No bag please” and bring your own cloth bags to the supermarket for groceries.
  • Buy products with recycled content in them — this means fewer natural resources are used, and there is less waste produced in the long run.
  • Re-use boxes and jars for storage, and keep wrapping paper and ribbons for future use.
  • Think before you throw something away — donate re-usable toys, books and clothing to charities or your local ‘Op Shop’.
  • Take old appliances, furniture and bikes to a second-hand shop rather than the transfer station.
  • If you have a garden, you can compost your grass clippings and tree prunings as well as fruit and vegetable scraps.

Reducing Food Waste

The average household throws out 79 kilos of food a year, in Masterton alone that’s 751 tonnes…equivalent to one and a half A380 jumbo jets! This adds up to a staggering cost of $872 million for the whole country and Masterton contributes approximately $5.3 million towards this.

Masterton District Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food. For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit the Love Food Hate Waste NZ website.

Single-use plastic shopping bag ban: Facts for businesses

The Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018 [New Zealand Legislation website] comes into force on 1 July 2019. From this date retailers will no longer be able to sell or distribute single-use plastic shopping bags. For more information on what this means for your business visit the Ministry for the Environment’s website.

Wasted Video Series

Wasted New Zealand is an educational video series that takes you on a journey through our key waste streams here in NZ including Recycling, Waste Water, Food Waste and Landfill.