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. Get in touch with our Waste Minimisation Officer to get your hands on a sticker for your letterbox.
Plastic straws will soon be banned in New Zealand, but paper straws still exist. If disposed with rubbish, the paper straws cannot naturally compost, and will instead release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, when in landfill. Ask for no straw with your drink or bring your own metal straw to reuse over and over again.
Plastic takeaway cutlery is on its way out in New Zealand but compostable cutlery is still very much existent. Similar to paper straws, if these are not composted, they end up in landfill where they release methane. Bring your own reusable cutlery instead.
Same story with napkins – if they are not being composted, they end up in landfill where they release methane when breaking down. 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.
Reuse these bags over and over, or use a cloth alternative that will last a lot longer.