Solid Waste – What is Currently Happening in Canterbury?

The following is taken from a Ministry for the Environment site that has since been retired.

Canterbury people are leading the way in reducing rubbish and being kinder to the region’s environment. Recycling initiatives and innovative resource recovery schemes are in place throughout the region, and education programmes are helping raise awareness of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

Key factors in helping to drive waste reduction programmes include the collaboration of councils through the Canterbury Waste sub-committee, Canterbury Hazardous Waste Working Party, joint initiatives such as Environment Canterbury’s support for district waste exchanges, and community based organisations providing local solutions.

Councils throughout the region have also adopted a Hazardous Waste Management Strategy, which aims to eliminate or manage hazardous wastes so that there are no significant actual or potential environmental effects.


Environment Canterbury

For information on how Environment Canterbury is working with local councils and other organisations to help manage waste in the Canterbury region visit the Environment Canterbury website.

Waste Not – Want Not is a fun, interactive cartoon-based way to learn about reducing waste by recycling, composting and worm farms and about managing what is left in a responsible way:

Customer Services: 0800 EC INFO (0800 324 636) or 03 353 9728

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Darren Patterson, Hazardous Substances and Waste Management Officer
Telephone: 03 365 3828

Environmental education

Environment Canterbury works with and supports schools, teacher associations and other formal education networks in learning about our natural environment. Education services include:

  • written resources
  • professional support
  • awards
  • class visits (in schools, at Environment Canterbury or out in the field)
  • whole programmes for specific issues like air quality in Canterbury.

See Environment Canterbury and Education to find out how they can help you, your classroom or community group learn about our environment


Kaikoura District Council

  • Kerb-side recycling collection and recycling drop off.
  • Second-hand shop.
  • Horizontal composter.
  • Garden waste and greenwaste drop-off site.
  • Demolition waste recycling.
  • Worm farms.

Trees for Travellers is an innovative scheme converting greenwaste to compost and using it to grow trees for use in public sites.

Kaikoura District Council website

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Nicole Sherriff, Environmental Development Officer
Telephone 03 319-5026 extension 234


Hurunui District Council

  • Kerbside recycling throughout the district.
  • Hurunui District Council actively supports recycling and waste reduction through Hurunui Recycling – a voluntary community initiative at Amberley.
  • Recycling drop off points in Amberley, Culverden, Cheviot, Waiau, Waikari and Hanmer Springs.
  • Transfer stations at Cheviot, Hanmer Springs, Culverden, Amberley and Waiau.

Hurunui District Council website

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Greg Bennett, Engineering Officer
Telephone: 03 314 9180 extension 172


Waimakariri District Council

  • Kerbside recycling collection.
  • Separated recycling accepted at Southbrook or Oxford transfer station.
  • Garden green waste accepted at Southbrook or Oxford transfer station.

Waimakariri District Council website

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Kitty Waghorn
Telephone: 03 313 6136


Selwyn District Council

Waste Materials Exchange – a resource exchange scheme that helps to find markets for materials that are otherwise burned or disposed at landfill.

Wastebusters website

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Dave Hock
Telephone: 03 324 8080 or 03 318 8338
Wastebusters Trust Canterbury
Telephone: 03 308 9998

Environmental education

The Wastebusters website offers a vibrant and comprehensive waste minimisation education programme, developed and refined over the past eight years. This programme is delivered under contract to Ashburton, Mackenzie and Selwyn District Councils and all units fit into the curriculum under Science, Technology, Environmental Health, and even English.

WasteBusters Trust Canterbury use a wide range of resources that includes books, worksheets, songs, poems, videos and practical demonstrations that maximise class participation. The aim is to teach children to be responsible for their own rubbish/waste by offering solutions that are in their control, while offering support and encouragement towards zero waste to Landfill and minimal impact on the environment.


Christchurch City Council

  • City-wide kerbside recycling.
  • Recycling centres at the three city refuse transfer stations.
  • SuperShed – shop where reusable items recovered by the recycling centres are sold.
  • Domestic hazardous waste drop-off centres at refuse transfer stations.
  • Greenwaste collection at refuse transfer stations.
  • Garden City Composting – compost manufactured from greenwaste.
  • Education programmes that promote waste reduction and sustainability.
  • Target Zero – working with Christchurch businesses to improve resource efficiency, minimise waste to air, water and land and reduce environmental impacts.
  • Waste minimisation and recycling directory – a list of businesses and organisations providing services for and/or advice to businesses on resource efficiency and environmental issues.
  • Funding for community gardens where household greenwaste is composted and used to grow vegetables.
  • Trial household collection of kitchen organics.

Christchurch City Council website
Telephone: 03 941 8666 (general enquiries)

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Tony Moore, Resource Analyst
Telephone: 03 372 2426

Environmental education

Christchurch City Council has a well resourced and informative site with plenty of information for both teachers and students. Look under Education for initiatives and resources, including school resource kits: Christchurch City Council Environment

Christchurch Environment Centre
Telephone: 03 379 2257

A total resource for Environmental information which can assist with project sheets, mixed media files, community environmental groups, audio visual resources and more.


Ashburton District Council

  • Kerbside recycling in association with Wastebusters Trust.
  • Ashburton Waste Materials Exchange – a resource exchange scheme that helps to find markets for materials that are otherwise burned or disposed at landfill.
  • Partnerships with Wastebusters in education and action for waste reduction.

Wastebusters website

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Wastebusters Trust Canterbury
Telephone: 03 308 9998

Environmental education

The Wastebusters website offers a vibrant and comprehensive waste minimisation education programme, developed and refined over the past eight years. This programme is delivered under contract to Ashburton, Mackenzie and Selwyn District Councils and all units fit into the curriculum under Science, Technology, Environmental Health, and even English.

WasteBusters Trust Canterbury use a wide range of resources that includes books, worksheets, songs, poems, videos and practical demonstrations that maximise class participation. The aim is to teach children to be responsible for their own rubbish/waste by offering solutions that are in their control, while offering support and encouragement towards zero waste to Landfill and minimal impact on the environment.


Timaru District Council

  • Recycling drop-off points throughout the district.
  • Kerbside recycling in Geraldine.
  • Timaru District Waste Materials Exchange – for materials available for reuse or recycling.
  • Garden organics separated at transfer stations for composting.
  • Waste minimisation co-ordinator assists with waste minimisation initiatives.
  • Several schools have adopted a zero waste to landfill plan.

Timaru District Council website

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Brian Gallagher
Telephone: 03 684 8199 extension 8065


Mackenzie District Council

  • Award-winning Resource Recovery Parks, including comprehensive recycling and reuse options, operating in Fairlie, Lake Tekapo and Twizel.
  • Kerbside recycling in Fairlie, Lake Tekapo and Twizel.
  • Schools education programme in association with Wastebusters Trust Canterbury.
  • Organic waste composted in a Vertical Composting Unit (VCU).

Mackenzie District Council website

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
John McGartland, Solid Waste Manager
Telephone: (03) 435 0630

Environmental education

The Wastebusters website offers a vibrant and comprehensive waste minimisation education programme, developed and refined over the past eight years. This programme is delivered under contract to Ashburton, Mackenzie and Selwyn District Councils and all units fit into the curriculum under Science, Technology, Environmental Health, and even English.

WasteBusters Trust Canterbury use a wide range of resources that includes books, worksheets, songs, poems, videos and practical demonstrations that maximise class participation. The aim is to teach children to be responsible for their own rubbish/waste by offering solutions that are in their control, while offering support and encouragement towards zero waste to Landfill and minimal impact on the environment.


Waimate District Council

  • The Waimate Resource Recovery Park recycles a full range of material.
  • There are 6 recycling drop off points throughout the district.
  • Kerbside recycling is available for residential properties in the Waimate Township.

Waimate District Council website

For more information on rubbish and recycling contact:
Brian Purcell, Solid Waste Manager
Telephone: 03 689 8079

Advertisements

One Response to “Solid Waste – What is Currently Happening in Canterbury?”

  1. Tanya Piejus Says:

    Hi. The Ministry for the Environment has retired its Reduce Your Rubbish website and taken most of its content offline. You have a link to this website at https://davidayers.wordpress.com/solid-waste-what-is-currently-happening-in-canterbury/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: