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Minimising waste in Tairawhiti

The Tairawhiti Environment Centre (TEC), with support from Gisborne District Council, has a super programme of workshops this year designed to minimise household waste and divert waste from landfills.

“Worm farming, composting and learning to make beeswax wraps will show people how to reduce rubbish, can improve soil for growing food and can save you money,” Stephanie Temple, TEC hub support co-ordinator said.

“We run workshops every year, and it’s a great way for us to keep in touch with our community, as well as providing an important educational opportunity to decrease the amount of rubbish we throw out.

“The beeswax wrap workshops are very popular, because they are a versatile product that reduces plastic waste and are a great alternative to plastic wrap in lunchboxes and around the kitchen.”

GDC’s waste minimisation facilitator, Darnelle Timbs, said around a quarter of all Gisborne’s waste going to landfill was discarded food and greenwaste.

“That’s about 61 tonnes of organic waste a week that could be reduced and diverted. These workshops provide tips for small changes around the house, and attendees of the composting workshops receive a complementary compost bin to take home,” she said.

“The vision of council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan is ‘a prosperous region, where each person takes responsibility for using resources wisely so that we can reduce harm to the environment’, and the workshop series with TEC help support that,” Ms Timbs said.

“It is estimated Tairawhiti sends over 3000 tonnes of organic food and greenwaste to landfill every year, and we want to make a dent in that.”

To register or for more information call the Tairawhiti Environment Centre on 06 867 4708.

Waste minimisation workshops —

■ Composting workshops:

Thursday, March 25, 5.30pm; May 8, 11am; August 7, 11am; September 11, 11am; November 2, 5.30pm.

Learn how to start up your own compost from household waste at this one-hour workshop. Each family can take home a free compost bin, provided by GDC.

■ Worm farming (vermicomposting) and Bokashi workshop:

Thursday May 13, 5.30pm; June 19, 11am; August 21, 11am; September 9, 5.30pm.

Start a worm farm in your own backyard. Minimise your food waste while creating rich compost and fertiliser for your garden and plants. Workshop also covers information about Bokashi.

■ Beeswax wraps workshop:

Wednesday May 19, 5.30pm; June 16, 5.30pm; July 21, 5.30pm; August 18, 5.30pm; November 16, 5.30pm.

Learn how to make your own wraps from beeswax and cotton fabric — a great alternative to plastic wrap in lunchboxes and around the kitchen.

Please register by phoning 06 867 4708.