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Matariki Festival a 91% waste diversion

This page contains information about the successful results of the volunteer recycling ambassadors at the Matariki Festival.
Updated: 1/08/2019 10:33 a.m.

​Zero waste was the aim for organisers of the Matariki at Hihiaua Festival held in June, and the result was so successful they are keen to share their knowledge with other community event organisers. 

Council’s Venues and Events Manager Carina de Graaf said the success of the day was down to the community working together to achieve an outstanding result for their community. 

“We recruited 24 voluntary recycling ambassadors from Council, Volunteering Northland, Whangarei Girls High School, Northland Inc and a call on the Matariki Festival Facebook page.  Eco-Solutions managed and briefed them and took care of waste management on the day. Garden Waste Solutions collected the compost, and Waste Management collected the recycling and waste.

“We had excellent buy in from the vendors who, through the registration process, gave their commitment to the zero waste kaupapa including ensuring they used compostable and recyclable packaging and not giving out plastic bags. We also ran a promotion that offered a free Arohatia Love it Here reusable bag when patrons purchased something from the markets.” 

Instead of printing the festival maps on plastic corrugated corflute this year the team had them and event documentation printed on paper that was recycled afterwards, and laminated signs were put away to be reused next year. 

After the event, the staff inspected the bins and removed any organic contamination from the recyclable bins and non-organic material from the compost bins to make sure the waste could be processed. 

The aim was to achieve 80% diversion of waste from landfill, and the team was proud to achieve 91.8% diversion of waste from landfill.

Out of all the waste collected 49.1% was compostable, 22.8% was cardboard, 5.3% was paper, 10.5% was glass, 2.9% was clear plastic and 1.2% was aluminium cans.

“Council has been working towards a Zero Waste and Plastic Bag Free event, this has been successfully achieved due to the amazing team of volunteers and commitment from vendors and local suppliers,” Mrs de Graaf said. 

“We will be running more zero waste events in future but will need to ensure we have the same level of community support from volunteers, vendors and the public if we want to achieve similar results. 

“We are also keen to share our experiences and planning processes with community event organisers who are keen to make their events zero waste too.”



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