Our aim is to create awareness of the benefits of waste minimisation including:
- Educating and promoting the benefits of: waste separation at source, recycling and waste minimisation.
- Supporting the community initiatives for waste reduction.
- Encouraging home composting.
Recycling separates waste items from the residual waste stream and reprocesses the materials to create new products. The waste items that we accept for recycling include paper, cardboard, plastic types 1 & 2 only, tin/ aluminium cans, glass bottles and jars.
Composting at home
We promote composting of organic and food waste to reduce rubbish disposal costs and grow a healthy and plentiful garden.
Composting is beneficial for the following reasons:
- It helps to reduce the harmful effects of organic waste in landfill (e.g. water pollution, emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, and bad smells)
- It helps to reduce the need for chemical fertilisers in your garden
- It can help families to reduce their household rubbish disposal costs; and
- Composting at home means less space needed for garden waste in landfill.
New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food which is thrown uneaten into the rubbish bin. This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country. It also results in 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill and generating greenhouse gases.
Waitomo District Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food.
Mobile phone recycling
All mobile phones are accepted regardless of condition (working or non-working), make or model. There are four steps to follow before you donate your mobile phone:
- If the phone still turns on, disconnect it from any cloud service and complete a factory reset to erase any data from the phone.
- Remove your sim card from the phone and keep it.
- Leave the battery in the phone.
- Switch the phone off.
Now your phone is ready to be donated to RE:MOBILE. Drop off your unused mobile phone to WDC and raise money for Sustainable Coastlines. We provide a collection bin in our reception area at our Queen Street Office.
Fluorescent tube and lightbulb recycling
A free recycling service for energy saving lighting/compact fluorescent lamps and fluorescent tubes is available for households and businesses.
Lighting that contains mercury must be disposed of carefully so it does not let the mercury escape and pollute the environment.
Collection boxes are available at the Waitomo District Landfill and Piopio Transfer Station – please ask the Attendant for assistance.
The collection boxes are funded through the Waste Minimisation Levy, which encourages New Zealanders to start taking responsibility for the waste they produce and to find more effective and efficient ways to reduce, reuse, recycle or reprocess waste.
What if my tube/bulb is broken?
Broken tubes should go in the regular rubbish bin to minimise handling. As a precaution you should wear gloves when handling the broken lamp and open doors and windows to ventilate the room.
- Put the broken pieces in a plastic bag then wrap with paper to prevent cuts. Wipe the area with a damp paper towel to pick up any smaller shards of glass, powder or liquid.
- Dispose of the paper towels, gloves and any cloths used to clean the area by placing in a plastic bag with your household rubbish.
- Do not vacuum the site as this can disperse the particles.
Event Waste Minimisation
We encourage Event Waste Minimisation to ensure that waste is being disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. We have developed an Event Waste Management Guide (PDF 3.59 MB)for you to download and complete. If you would like to find out more about waste minimisation at your event, please contact WDC on freephone 0800 932 4357.
Electronic Waste (e-waste)
Dispose of your e-waste for recycling at the Transfer Station and help to reduce hazardous waste being sent to Landfill. The Waitomo District Landfill and rural Waste Transfer Stations accept e-waste for collection. Electronic Waste (e-waste) is waste electrical equipment that has become obsolete, broken or unwanted. This includes computers, computer screens, fax machines, home whiteware, TVs and electrical cables, basically anything with a plug.