How can I do my bit?
Reduce: The best thing you can do to help the environment is to reduce the amount of waste you are creating. Take a good look at what you’re buying. How much packaging is there? Do you really need it? Simple actions like reducing the amount of plastic bags you use can make a huge difference over time.
Reuse: Many items can be reused multiple times before they are thrown away or recycled. Old jam jars can be used as containers and old t-shirts can be turned into rags. Plastic bottles can be re-used as water bottles or turned into water squirters. Use your imagination, how can you reuse your trash? There is also a Re-use academy run by volunteer group Sustainable Whanganui. You’ll find all kinds of useful items in the resource rooms – come down and check them out. The rooms are located inside Te Whare Taiao, our big white Enviro Centre!
Recycle: Instead of throwing everything in the trash bring . We love to take your recyclable items and help turn them into something new.
Wash your recyclables.
Please make sure your recyclables are free from food scraps and other contaminants. Eat those crusts in the pizza boxes, rinse out your milk bottles and wash out dishwashing liquid and other soapy bottles.
Put your recycling in the right place.
When you come down to the resource recovery centre make sure you put your recycling in the correct bins. It can be a great idea to sort your recycling at home before you come down.
For all Plastic recyclables look for a number inside a recycling triangle. If there’s no number it’s not recyclable!
If you are unsure about any item just ask one of our friendly staff. They will be glad to help you out.