Rub­bish trip­pers re­turn

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape - RICHARD MAYS

In the week af­ter Christ­mas, New Zealan­ders dump an ex­tra 50,000 tonnes of waste into land­fills.

No-Waste No­mads Han­nah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, a pair of rub­bish ‘‘re­fuseniks’’ who started the North Is­land leg of The Rub­bish Trip in Palmer­ston North, have re­turned to the city and one of their work­shops will fo­cus on this postChrist­mas glut of rub­bish.

Blumhardt and Liam Prince, who be­gan tour­ing their anti-waste mis­sion at Massey Univer­sity in July, had spent the past five months talk­ing, in­ves­ti­gat­ing and con­duct­ing work­shops.

Their mes­sage is that ev­ery­one can take steps to re­duce their waste foot­print.

They de­liver the first of two talks, ‘‘Waste Wins and Waste Woes’’ in Feild­ing’s public li­brary on Tues­day evening.

‘‘It’s ev­ery­thing we’ve learned so far about New Zealand’s waste is­sues - a re­port on ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ Blumhardt said.

‘‘It’s about the roles that govern­ment pol­icy, dis­trict coun­cils, busi­nesses, man­u­fac­tur­ers and or­gan­i­sa­tions play, the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tres, and a look at the com­plete lack of ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture in some places for those who want to re­spon­si­bly dis­pose of things.’’

While they dis­cov­ered sys­temic is­sues in deal­ing with waste, they also came across ‘‘a lot of peo­ple do­ing re­ally good things’’.

Among them were Palmer­ston North’s Re­claimed Timber Traders, which has re­cently moved from Matipo St to the Awa­puni Re­source Re­cov­ery Park on Tip Road.

‘‘They were one of the stand-outs from the trip,’’ Blumhardt said.

Others were com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tres Ex­treme Zero Waste in Raglan and the Seag­ull Cen­tre in Thames. The Seag­ull Cen­tre was a real com­mu­nity hub, full of peo­ple in the mid­dle of a work­ing day.

‘‘It’s a pleas­ant and com­mu­nal place to be,’’ Prince said.

On Thurs­day evening in the Ash­hurst Com­mu­nity Li­brary, in con­junc­tion with RECAP (the so­ci­ety for the Re­silience and En­gage­ment of the Com­mu­nity of Ash­hurst and Po­hang­ina) the pair will con­duct a work­shop called ‘‘Refuse a Rub­bish Christ­mas and a Trashy New Year - or get­ting through the silly sea­son with less waste’’.

They will be sup­ported by lo­cal blog­ger Shel­ley Wilson, re­spon­si­ble for ‘In My Kitchen’.

‘‘Shel­ley is a Palmer­ston North lo­cal who lives a low-waste life­style and helps others who want to fol­low suit,’’ Prince said.

Blumhardt and Prince, who run the Rub­bish Trip on a bud­get of $20 a day, are crowd­fund­ing for the South Is­land leg of their tour on givealit­tle.co.nz/cause/therub­bishtrip - and are keen to be put in touch with peo­ple all over the South Is­land in­ter­ested in host­ing a visit.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF NZ

No-Waste No­mads Han­nah Blumhardt and Liam Prince on The Rub­bish Trip

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