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Tararua District Council: Compost workshop to reduce waste

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Almost 50 per cent of the waste going into Tararua’s landfills is compostable and the Tararua District Council is taking an active role in helping residents reduce their impact on the environment and save rates.

Over the next six months Council is holding waste minimisation workshops across the district, run by Tongia Lui, from the Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre and in conjunction with Dannevirke Mitre 10.

The first workshop, for Council staff, was the start of the journey and Dannevirke Mitre 10 manager Bryce Galloway reckoned people would "go home dreaming of worms."

"This initiative will be very beneficial for our district," he said.

The aim of the workshops is to divert between 40 and 50 per cent of waste from our landfills, Mark Maxwell, Council’s Economic Development and Communications Manager, said.

"The waste minimisation workshops and vouchers are a way of encouraging residents to compost and use worm farms."

Being able to measure the impact on our environment and rates as a result of the workshops and to reduce the cost of shipping our waste to Waipukurau, will be a win-win for the Tararua District.

By educating people on composting and the use of worm farms and providing those attending the workshops with a $50 voucher for composting materials to be redeemed at Dannevirke Mitre 10, Council is using the money it receives from the Ministry for the Environment, in a positive way to reduce our landfill costs and therefore save ratepayers’ money.

The down-to-earth, practical workshops will show residents how easy it will be for them to set up composting at home, along with advice on how to have thriving worm farms.

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