Our waste­ful ways must not con­tinue

Young people are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

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.

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