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