Think Before You Waste!

Avoiding the creation of waste is at the heart of our waste plan. This means looking for how we can avoid waste in the first place, so here are some ideas and resources to help people reduce waste in their everyday lives.

Replacing plastic bags: Here are some great instructions on how to make your own produce bag (4.6MB PDF), and how to make a wet bag (4.3MB PDF).  Or head over to boomerang bags if you’d like to know more about how they’re working on better ways to make bags.

If you would rather make your own pantry and toiletry staples, or find lower impact ways of buying them,  check out The Rubbish Trip for local guides on where to shop for low waste solutions.  

Save money on food shopping and get the most out of your family meals with the Love Food Hate Waste easy choice family kai recipes and shopping lists.

Put your food scraps to work and save money on rubbish disposal by setting up a compost bin – we’ve got a $20 subsidy ($30 during Kickstart Compost month in May) available through local retailers.

Join in events like Plastic Free July to help everyone cut down on waste and #choosetorefuse.

If you’ve got good secondhand goods you don’t need anymore, take them to local opshops (make sure they are good enough quality to sell)  or put them out for SecondHand Sunday.

Keep your wardrobe updated with Fashion Revolution's clothes swaps - or buy from one of Nelson's many well-stocked opshops.

If you know of any great local solutions for avoiding or creating waste let us know! If we share your tip on Facebook you’ll win a pack of stainless steel straws.