MORE TIPS to REUSE WASTE
Reuse waste in your garden
Ladies Tights for tying up plants or liners for planters,
replacing the need for expensive specialist liners or moss.
another good idea is to use them for storing
Use yoghurt pots on the ends of pea canes or bamboo canes to protect your eyes.
If you use cans, the rattling in the wind should also scare any pesky birds away.
Odds and Ends
Coat hangers, wooden spoons, sticks, wire…
anything that will stand up in soil or as a plant support.
Old net curtains are excellent for laying over plants to keep insects
and birds off your plants
AND EVEN MORE IDEAS on OLD CLOTHES
Kids love dressing up. Give your clothes away to schools for fancy dress ups
If no longer wearable cut them up for cleaning rags and dish cloths
Hold a clothes swapping party to update the family’s wardrobes
Second-hand clothes shops may be interested in buying vintage-style gear
Sell online where there is a high demand for stylish clothes
Donate wearable clothes to a local agency like Birthright
Or make a rag rug from unwearables. They are easy to make (instructions on internet)
BE A RESOURCEFUL INTERIOR DESIGNER
Use pretty pots and jars, coloured bottles to make displays around the house
Funk up your couch by making cushions from old clothing, (retro) curtains,
bedspreads and table cloths. Use shredded fabrics to stuff the cushions
MODERNISE old lampshades: paint fabric to brighten and modernise
Check the instructions on the paint to make sure it’s suitable.
Check out trendy home décor sites for design inspiration
Melt records to make unusual bowls and use sleeve art to decorate
MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT WITH WASTE!
Create your own unique style. Old clothes can be customised
into DIY CHIQUE
reconstruct old T-shirts add coloured ribbon, lace or sequins and beads
Jeans and shirts can all be jazzed up with fabric paints or some strategic chopping
When recycling garments, always save the buttons to jazz up dresses and shirts
Make ear-rings, string them into a necklace and decorate brooches and hair pins
make fabric flower brooches with scraps of fabric
There are many household items that can be reused around the home or given to
another person to reuse. A few tips!
Give away your unwanted reusable household items:
Books and magazines – hospitals, doctor’s waiting rooms, schools,
kindergartens, libraries, 2nd hand book shops.
Toys - hospitals, doctor’s waiting rooms, kindergartens, opportunity shops.
Good used clothing and household items – opportunity shops, local church
Buy items that are meant to last!
Buy a refillable flask for water and carry that with you
Use a reusable lunch box
Bring reusable (shopping) bags everywhere you go
Buy quality clothing, toys and home ware that will last
Re-using Plastics – think outside the plastic box!
Drinking bottles: Is it safe to reuse plastic water bottles? Advice from the Food
Standards Agency “refilling plastic water bottles should be fine as long as you clean
them thoroughly. They do add a note of caution that if you have any doubt, or the
bottle carries a message stating otherwise, it’s probably best not to re-use.”
Small plastic bottles (from joghurt drinks etc): handy for holidays or short
breaks; clean them out and top up with shampoo, shower gel, washing up liquid
Ice cream and margarine tubs: are excellent for freezing leftovers or lunch box
Use for miscellaneous items for art and crafts projects and games
REUSE WASTE IN YOUR GARDEN
Plastic bottles, yoghurt pots and tubs make great planters, seedling pots and mini
greenhouses. Mushroom trays make ideal drip trays. Plastic bottles are also handy
for filling up and watering plants. Alternatively cut them on an angle and they make
a useful shovelling implement.
Food and Drinks
Many gardening experts recommend some weird and wonderful foods and
drinks for helping your plants grow. Some people ‘water’ house plants with
cold tea for example. Dried coffee grounds make excellent fertiliser,
especially for nitrogen-loving plants such as blueberries. If you need to add
calcium to your garden, green-fingered enthusiasts suggest…egg shells!
Crockery You might not be able to use chipped or cracked pots
anymore….but your garden can. Using them as planters is an
attractive way to grow and display plants in the garden and adds a
certain ‘shabby chic’ style.
Old cutlery (that you definitely won’t use again) can be used as
gardening implements for tricky or small areas.
REDUCE WASTE at HOME
Reducing rubbish in your home is simple and
something that can involve the whole family
Wise up on shopping - buy products with less packaging
buy refills, concentrates or buy in bulk
say"no thanks" to plastic carry bags
take your own reusable carry bag
Buy your fresh produce loose rather than pre-packaged
put them together in 1 bag after weighing.
Avoid using disposable items
Buy durable products that can be reused and repaired
e.g. buy rechargeable batteries for your remote controls,
cleaning cloths that can be washed instead of cleaning wipes
Choose products or packaging that can be recycled
or that have a recycled content.
Look for eco-labels like the environmental choice logo.
Help apply consumer pressure on the manufacturers.
Tell retailers you want to buy products with less packaging
or that can be recycled
Try buying pre-loved items from second hand or opportunity
shops, garage sales and local markets.
Compost is nature's way of recycling
the best and easiest way to recycle organic matter to reduce your rubbish.
When added to your garden, composted material promotes soil fertility,
moisture retention and encourages plant growth.
Worm farming is an easy way to turn food scraps into a rich soil fertiliser. It is
easy, fun and can be done both indoors or outdoors.
Check out the Council website www.kapiticoast.govt.nz
(planning/sustainability/home and garden) for tips and brochures on Compost,
worm farming and liquid feed from the Green Gardner
Subscribe to On to it – Your Monthly Sustainable newsletter
Say no to junk mail Pop a sticker on your letter box to discourage
unwanted mail. Stickers are available from local hardware stores.
Save between $600–$1800 by using washable nappies instead of
Modern cloth nappies are a fantastic alternative to one-use nappies.
Available in all sorts of colours and styles, simple to use, easy to wash and
safe for baby.
You can prevent 112 rubbish bags-full of disposable nappies going to
the landfill DISPOSABLE NAPPIES up to 200 years to break down.
Recycle Make it a habit!
Put unwanted newspapers, magazines, brochures, junk
mail and cardboard straight into your recycling bin or save
them til you visit a transfer station
Rinse tins, plastics and glass when you’ve finished washing the dishes.
Have a separate small bin to put the recyclables in straight away or
Keep your kerbside recycling crate close by so it’s easily accessible.
Have a container for kitchen scraps and add them to your compost
Empty shampoo, body wash and soap bottles to make toys for kids in the bath
CHECK YOUR PLASTICS FOR THE RECYCLE SIGN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE
PLASTICS, ONLY THESE CAN GO INTO YOUR BIN. There is no facility in Kãpiti that
handles compostable plastics.
Clothing & shoes drop off a special clothing/shoes bins around the District
garage drop off waste oil at the Transfer Station
car batteries -> drop off at the Transfer Station
paint tins/buckets -> drop off at the Transfer Station or local paint shop
steel/aluminum -> look in the yellow pages for free collection
GO ONLINE AND RESEARCH WHERE YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR RECLABLE
WASTE and HOW IT IS RECYCLED
Accepted Kerbside Recyclables in the Kāpiti Coast District
Plastics 1-7 - including milk and drink bottles
(rinse, remove lid and squash)
Clean plastic bags - bundle into bag and tie together
Glass bottles and jars - empty, rinse and remove the lid
Paper and carboard - tie in bundles or place in clean plastic
bag to stack on crate
Visit the website www.recyclekapiti.co.nz
How are plastics recycled in New Zealand? internet INFO:
plastics collected by Councils and recycling companies mechanical recycling. This
collection drop off and transport to the recycling centre sorting
baling for export or cleaning to remove dirt and other contaminants
cutting the plastics into small flakes washing and drying
flakes are then melted and extruded (squirted) into thin lines
chopped into granules these granules or pellets can then be used to
make new plastic products