Inor­gan­ics col­lec­tion is back again

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The inor­gan­ics col­lec­tion is back.

It’s that time of year again in South Auck­land.

Time to go through the piles of bro­ken and un­wanted stuff in our homes and clear it out for the Auck­land Coun­cil in­or­ganic col­lec­tion.

The process is the same as last year, with house­holds need­ing to book if we want our inor­gan­ics to be col­lected.

And the clos­ing dates are ap­proach­ing fast for some sub­urbs.

I’d rec­om­mend you go on­line or phone the Coun­cil as soon as pos­si­ble to avoid miss­ing out.

As with last year, we can only put out 1m3 of inor­gan­ics, to be left in­side our prop­er­ties on the day of col­lec­tion.

The new process cre­ates a few chal­lenges for some of us, so let’s help our friends, fam­ily and neigh­bours to take ad­van­tage of the sys­tem.

Last year, quite a few house­holds missed their col­lec­tion, for one rea­son or an­other.

But I heard lots of sto­ries of peo­ple help­ing each other out by shar­ing space in piles that weren’t full, and by giv­ing away items that were un­wanted but still us­able.

This year, Neighbourly has set up a page es­pe­cially for this pur­pose.

The inor­gan­ics col­lec­tion is a great time of year to re­flect on how much rub­bish we’re cre­at­ing in our throw-away so­ci­ety. It might be cheap to buy, but do we re­ally need all this stuff?

Ac­cord­ing to The Story of

Stuff, an un­be­liev­able 99% of ev­ery­thing North Amer­i­cans buy is trashed within 6 months of sale!

When we con­sider at all the time spent work­ing and shop­ping for our stuff, not to men­tion all the hid­den costs to the en­vi­ron­ment and work­ers in the pro­duc­tion and trans­port­ing of it, this is an im­por­tant ques­tion to ask. inor­gan­ics col­lec­tion: https:/ /in­or­gan­ic­col­lec­tions.auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz/In­or­ganic/ Inor­gan­icWaste Ph 3010101

2. Do­nate un­wanted re­us­able goods to char­ity shops in your area

3. Do­nate scrap metal and white­ware to Ta­maki Sports Academy http://tamak­isports.nz/

4. Go to https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/ inor­gan­ics to give away re­us­able un­wanted items

5. Up­cy­cle old fur­ni­ture and ma­te­rial into some­thing new

6. Buy less- go for qual­ity over quan­tity (try sec­ond hand stores)

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