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An ex­cel­lent way to re­duce your en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact is by re­duc­ing amount of waste you pro­duce. More of­ten than not, this will also mean mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings as well. The best way to do this is to sim­ply re­duce your con­sump­tion of stuff. Look to be pur­chas­ing prod­ucts with a longer life­time, and with less pack­ag­ing. Ap­pli­ances with the NZ govern­ment (EECA) blue en­ergy star are more en­ergy ef­fi­cient, and will of­ten pay for them­selves over their life­time. The next best way to re­duce your waste is to re­use the stuff you’ve bought al­ready. Leave cloth bags in your car so you don’t need plas­tic bags while shop­ping. Glass jars and plas­tic con­tain­ers can all be reused to store food and other house­hold items. Plas­tic bot­tles, card­board and many other items have all sorts of uses about the home, par­tic­u­larly in the gar­den. No­tice what you’re throw­ing away, and then have a look on­line for some of the in­ge­nious ways they’ve been put to use. Fi­nally, a lot of what’s left can be re­cy­cled. Food scraps make up a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of land­fills, but a much bet­ter use would be fer­til­iz­ing our gar­dens! If you don’t have a compost your­self, chances are one of your neigh­bours is a keen gar­dener who’d likely be more than happy to it. Much of our in­or­ganic waste can be re­cy­cled too. Pa­per, card­board, cans and plas­tics (with the 1-7 re­cy­cling tri­an­gle moulded into them) all go in your wheelie bin. Un­bro­ken glass bot­tles and jars go in your black crate. Re­cy­cling is col­lected on the same day as rub­bish col­lec­tion for your area, but please make sure all items are clean first! You can also come down to the Fer­gu­son Street Re­cy­cling Cen­tre, just past the Al­bert St in­ter­sec­tion, and drop off your re­cy­clable items in per­son.

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