Our wasteful ways must not continue
Young people are making a difference
Areduction in our rubbish collection had to happen at some point. We simply can’t continue dumping rubbish into our beautiful environment. And just because it might not be in a large pile beside our own homes or dumped in our neighbourhood (which would of course cause significant grumbling) the rubbish has to go somewhere.
It’s more than a financial consideration. Although having said that, our rubbish practices sadly don’t exactly line up with our ‘‘clean green’’ New Zealand image that we are quick to market overseas. So yes, there is a cost to not dealing with our rubbish in a responsible proactive manner.
I’ve mentioned in an earlier column how amazed we were at the effectiveness of our compost bin. We couldn’t believe the reduction of rubbish in our wheelie bin. Incredible to think how many years of food scraps could have been turned into nutrient dense compost for our garden rather than rotting in the tip. And that’s just our house – one household!
Like many things, the young ones in our community are the early adopters of this change. A daughter of a friend of mine is super vigilant in ensuring that they only ever put ‘‘real rubbish’’ in their bin.
I think they got it down to a supermarket bag full of rubbish per week. I suppose the young ones are less set in their ways.
There are others who simply don’t care and/or can’t be bothered. They are probably less motivated in other areas of their lives as well – so they are always going to be a challenge to convert into action. Hence why the decision was made from above to reduce the collection of bins.
If each person does their bit we will see a brighter future.
● Amy Scott is a former lawyer turned professional speaker who is passionate about effective communication and communities.
Too much: Rubbish reduction needs to happen.