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Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News -

This week pol­i­tics and waste min­imi­sa­tion come to­gether in a num­ber of ar­ti­cles in the Chron­i­cle. You would have read the front page story by Rexine Hawes, fo­cus­ing on Tran­si­tion Matamata’s sup­port for the Kiwi Bot­tle Drive’s cam­paign to lobby neigh­bour­ing Coro­man­del MP Scott Simp­son for more ac­tion on re­duc­ing waste, in par­tic­u­lar, plas­tic bot­tles. Simp­son is as­so­ciate min­is­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment, which is why the cam­paign is lob­by­ing him. More than 100 plas­tic bot­tles have been sent to his Welling­ton of­fice with a mes­sage ask­ing for ac­tion. There is a call for a re­turn to a bot­tle ex­change sys­tem which used to run in New Zealand about 30-to-40 years ago. It en­cour­aged peo­ple to re­cy­cle their bot­tles in ex­change for a small mon­e­tary re­turn. It was widely used as a fundraiser for groups such as Scouts and Girl Guides in the com­mu­nity I grew up in and po­ten­tially could help many of to­day’s com­mu­nity and school groups. Maybe the com­ing elec­tion is a good time to raise this ini­tia­tive?

Lawrence Gullery MATAMATA CHRON­I­CLE: (07) 888 7011 News Di­rec­tor: Lawrence Gullery, 027 839 6388, lawrence.gullery@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz AREA SALES MAN­AGER: An­to­nio Ganz, 027 204 2920, an­to­nio.ganz@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz AD­VER­TIS­ING CON­SUL­TANT: Ja­nine Bar­rett, 027 404 9073 ja­nine.bar­rett@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz RE­PORTERS: Rexine Hawes, (07) 888 7011, rexine.hawes@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz and Mike Bain, (07) 827 3840, mike.bain@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz CLAS­SI­FIEDS: lynda.mcrae@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz (dead­line 3pm Mon­day) DIS­PLAY BOOK­ING DEAD­LINE: 3pm Thurs­day DIG­I­TAL EDI­TION: mata­mat­achron­i­cle.co.nz AD­DRESS: 2 Tainui St, PO Box 148, Matamata 10,425 AU­DITED CIR­CU­LA­TION (ABC for 12 mths to 31 Dec 15).

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