Tomorrow I start a week-long challenge to create no waste.  It’s primarily a fundraiser (feel free to sponsor me) however it is also an opportunity for me to look at my own consumer behaviour and how much I contribute to the growing amount of rubbish being buried in our landfills.

I’m already starting to notice how I am surrounded by single-use disposable objects.  Face-wipes, cotton buds, straws, plastic sandwich containers, oh, and of course the ubiquitous disposable coffee cups with their plastic lids to name just a few.

I realise that real waste minimisation needs strong government legislation for product stewardship and extended producer responsibility.  For example, if we were to legislate so that there was a deposit on every drink container we would create a cleaner supply of plastic and glass bottles to recycle, we’d create Green jobs through increased recycling, we’d reduce litter and we would have an easily accessible funding solution for community groups or those who are hard up.

Consumer behaviour change is of course part of the solution but we can’t rely on that alone.

This week I expect I am going to find it incredibly difficult to avoid making waste.  One thing’s for sure, I expect I’ll be learning a lot.

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Green Party MP

2 Comments Posted

  1. It makes infallible sense to reduce waste but there are quite a number of items that we cannot avoid dumping, because that’s the way our mining/ oil society is geared. To try and sidestep this can lead to a bubble that bursts into a messy mess. Best to take proper responsibility and address waste that has only one place – a lined dump.

  2. Hi Denise,
    I went with my daughter an grandgirl to the reserve today in Papakura to feed the Ducks our bread bits,anyway watching these feather friends race to us,theirs quite alot of ducks an seagulls, we then walked to veiw the water reserve, an i decided to takes photos, then i noticed rubbish here an over there, plastic bags blown in, a garden fork standing up in the water,not Enviromental friendy for Auckland or Papakura itself, when everyone has to pay $2.00 for a rubbish bag to help with rate payers rates, an yet cant the council at least check over the inlets an reserve for the protection of Wild life…Thats one bit of Waste that could be picked up.

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