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WASTE NOT WANT NOT The average Kiwi home sends a tonne of waste to landfill each year – yet most could be reused or recycled to recyc What happens to your rubbish after it disappears into the bin? Right now, a comm New Zealanders send around 2.5 million tonnes of waste to landfills each Recy year (averaging a tonne per household). This waste, when in landfill, can release greenhouse gases and leach pollutants into soil and water. Yet much of our rubbish simply doesn’t need to reach landfill, if we think differently about it at the starting point – our home. The best place to start is by reducing waste in the first place, by Instea if you h options tricky a commu e-waste At ho is by ha easy to choosing products with less packaging and that can be recycled when When r their useful life is over. The less packaging the better. For example, many aspect of us take our own shopping bags to the supermarket, but what about recyclin smaller bags for fruit and vegetables? Most councils offer recycling options such as kerbside collection. While Anoth building recycling glass, paper and aluminium is fairly straightforward, the different three-b types of plastics can be confusing, so it’s worth checking with your council which types of plastic can be recycled (they can be identified by your bu different PET symbols). Check out www.recycle.co.nz for a useful guide 29 could b recyclin