WRRC supports ‘Bottle Deposit’ initiative

Kiwi Bottle Drive are campaigning for a Bottle Deposit Scheme in Aotearoa. Bottle deposits are where people get a cash refund for all beverage containers.

We used to do this back in the 70’s and 80’s. Older folk will remember trading bottles for coins. It was great back then, and will be even more beneficial now. Bottle deposits will hugely boost recycling and reduce the amount of waste getting buried in the ground…or floating in our oceans!  PLUS there are great incentives for communities to get involved.

Visit the Kiwi Bottle Drive website and lend your support. Together we can create change for the better!

To help with the campaign running nationwide click on this link or come in to the WRRC and sign the petition.

 

Celebrating Successes..we’re all in this together.

Te Manu Atatū Award

The Te Manu Atatū – Whanganui Māori Business Network Awards were held mid 2017.  There were some fabulous Award categories and many local businesses took part in the event. Some have been around for a while and others are just emerging on to the scene.  Our Resource Recovery Centre entered the Mauri Awa Environmental Excellence category and took out First place. How awesome is that for a new venture!!

We are all so proud of our collective achievements. The Mauri Award award is the third acknowledgement the WRRC has received since start up in 2013. In 2014 we were placed as a finalist in the Minimising our Waste category at the national Green Ribbon Awards in Wellington then later that year we won the Community Innovation category at the NZ Sustainable Business Network Awards held in Auckland.

Pictured at the Te Manu Atatu Awards evening are Ken Mair (Chair of the WRRC Trust), Ramari (Beverley) Te Uamairangi (WRRC Manager) and Kahukura Waiariki (Staff Representative).

A great night enjoyed by all.

 

 

Cardboard Maze

7th-11th October

It’s recycling in the name of child’s play. A group of Whanganui children spent Saturday building a giant maze out of recycled material as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge and then they opened their creation up to the public. The event, organised by the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre in conjunction with Sustainable Whanganui, was held in the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre’s education room. It attracted over 100 maze adventures during it’s 4 day opening period.

One of the organisers, Catriona Atkinson, said the event was about encouraging kids to play and create with cardboard boxes. “The kids mostly did it with a bit of support. It has a lot of potential for kids.”

Such events helped children develop a positive connection with the recycling centre.

“It would be cool if there were more different things happening in Whanganui for next year.”

Lola Fisher (9) and Calexico Fisher (6) took the Chronicle on a tour through the cardboard maze, pointing out the walkie talkie, a stained-glass window, a couch, circus tent and a number of dead ends.

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event organised by the Imagination Foundation. It was inspired by a short film about a 9-year-old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in Los Angeles.

The Whanganui contingent was the only New Zealand group taking part.

Children can build anything they can dream up using cardboard and recycled materials.

For the full article head to the Whanganui Chronicle website.