Each year there is an estimated total of 20,000 tonnes of waste generated in the Matamata-Piako District. This is enough rubbish to fill 80 swimming pools, or an area the size of a rugby field, 18 metres high.
Remember that there are lots of things you can do at home to help reduce waste including:
- Buy products that use less packaging (like economy size, refills or concentrates)
- Tell retailers “No bag please” when only buying a couple of items
- Compost organic waste
- Reuse boxes and jars for storage
- Donate reusable items to charities or op shops and take old clothing to recycling bins
Love Food, Hate Waste
What do bread, apples, chicken and potatoes all have in common? None of them want to be in the top ten list of foods that New Zealanders throw away. New research funded by local councils has found that New Zealand households on average throw away more than 79 kilos of food, which could have been eaten, each year. That’s costing the average New Zealand family $560 a year on food that they bought and never got round to eating.
For tips, recipes and more information on how to waste less food and save your household money - keep up with the Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand Facebook page!