Source: Whangarei District Council
Updated: 13/03/2019 2:06 p.m.
On March 18, Global Recycling Day 2019 will celebrate all things reusable, recyclable and non-plastic. ‘Recycling into the future’ is the theme of this year’s Global Recycling Day, which will focus on the power of youth, education and innovation in ensuring a brighter future for the planet. Here at Council we’re putting our own spin on Global Recycling Day, as we congratulate New World,
Pak ’n’ Save and Countdown for all being single-use plastic bag free. Now we’re urging all Northlanders to follow in their footsteps and ‘ditch the bag’ completely.
Doing without the easy plastic bag bin liner is one of the most common complaints we’ve noticed from the bag-free revolution, so here are some ideas to make life easier:
Go bag free completely and just wash out your bin (by far the most popular option around here).
Store food scraps in an old ice cream container in the freezer until rubbish day – this will stop them smelling.
Make your own bin liner out of old newspapers.
Use other smaller plastic bags such as bread bags or courier bags and downsize to a smaller rubbish bin that you empty out more regularly into your wheelie bin.
Use Council’s smaller rubbish bags to line your bin: you’ll be reducing your household waste at the same time!
It’s a culture change for us all; and we know it’s going to take some getting used to. Realising we’ve forgotten our reusable bags when we’re standing in line at the checkout, having nothing on hand to line our bins with, looking for alternatives to hold our wet clothes or leaky containers… But the payoff is definitely worth it.
For Global Recycling Day 2019 let’s all celebrate Northland’s supermarkets and support the single-use plastic bag revolution at home too.
Recycling do’s and don’ts
Flatten paper and cardboard, and put it in a small cardboard box or bag next to your recycling bin.
Place rubbish and recycling on the verge so that it does not impact others.