Learn ways to shop smarter and avoid single-use items that will end up in the landfill.
Rubbish Trip’s Zero Waste Shopping guide for Whangārei
Put a “No Junk Mail” sticker on your letter box.
Plastic straws are now banned (July 2023) in New Zealand, but paper straws still exist. If disposed of with rubbish to landfill, paper straws cannot naturally compost, and will instead release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Ask for no straw with your drink or bring your own metal straw to reuse over and over again.
Plastic takeaway cutlery is also banned in New Zealand but compostable cutlery is still in use. Similar to paper straws, if these are not composted, they end up in landfill where they release methane. Bring your own reusable cutlery instead.
If paper serviettes are not composted and go to landfill they also release methane. Bring your own cloth napkin or handkerchief instead.
More often that not these will get thrown away after reading so refuse to take one in the first place.
Receipt paper is coated in a chemical that makes it unsuitable for recycling. Ask for no receipt where possible.
These are now banned and reusable produce bags are available for sale from all major supermarkets.
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