Zero Waste Resources
Courses & Workshops
With help of a team of keen composting tutors, Compost Collective offer FREE home composting courses about worm farming, bokashi buckets & traditional composting bins. Click here to find a course near you.
Re-Creators run regular workshops suitable for families and kids. Learn how to upcycle and be creative through a hands-on and fun approach.
Check out a Guide to Going Green at Home
Plenty of ideas and tips to save water, reduce your carbon, do sustainable gardening and more. This resource has kindly been shared by elementary students interested in environmental science at FOBM.
If you don't have space to compost at home but would still like to compost your food scraps, then join a community compost hub near you:
- How South Korea is utilising food scraps
- Check out this useful diagram of how to reduce waste and grow community.
- Read how Patagonia, a successful clothing company rejects consumerism.
- Honest self-reflection on waste by Ethique, a shampoo bar company that was established to reduce waste.
How to recycle
- Recycling made easy checklist
- Construction & Demolition: 'How to' videos by Zero Waste Network Aotearoa
- Things need to change
- Deconstruction is easy
- Use for materials
- Resource Pack website - plenty of useful tips
- Clean soft plastics (plastic that can be squashed in your hand): use bins at many supermarkets. The plastic is recycled in New Zealand and made into fence posts.
- Clothes: there are clothing bins all around the North Shore but if the clothing still has good life in it donate it to a charity shop or to Save Mart in Northcote to make sure it doesn’t end up in the landfill.
- Large items: book an inorganic rubbish collection via Auckland Council. Any items which still have life in them are collected separately and donated to community groups or sold at a discount.
Where to recycle
- Community Recycling Centres
- North Shore Resource Centre, 44 Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead
- Polystyrene Waste Collection Points
- Zero Waste Hub Northcote: Curtains, household batteries, ink cartridges, oral care packaging (including toothbrushes), coffee machine capsules and clean polystyrene can be brought to us and we will send them on to the correct recyclers.
- Pool Toys at I Used To Be, drop off at 44 Helvetia Drive, Browns Bay
- Soft plastic at Coundown and New World