Resource Management at Home

Reducing Our Consumption

Resource Management
in the Home!

Auckland-wide, approximately 443 tonnes of waste tonnes of landfill waste is collected every week from households. This page will show you how we can change our consumer habits, provide information to reduce and recover waste that we do create at home and  put in place systems to manage that resource. 

Living Ethically And Sustainably In A Consumer World

Living Ethically And Sustainably In A Consumer World


Social pressures can make it difficult for us to recognize the difference between what we need and what we want and we may have been persuaded that retail therapy can satisfy our emotional needs. Often the instant gratification of a purchase gives a short term high but no long term benefits. We can look for alternatives to retail therapy to satisfy our needs, or choose our purchases more carefully to be sure they really do meet our needs. 

Personal considerations

  • Is this a need or a want?
  • Will it keep me warm, nourished, active, happy, stimulated, feeling good?
  • Can I realistically create it at home using available resources?
  • Are there better options?

Personal Considerations

  • Is this a need or a want?
  • Will it keep me warm, nourished, active, happy, stimulated, feeling good?
  • Can I realistically create it at home using available resources?
  • Are there better options?

 environmental considerations

  • Is it made from a renewable resource?
  • Does its production create toxic emissions?
  • Does its manufacture use non renewable energy?
  • Is it made locally?
  • Can it be re-used, re-purposed or efficiently recycled?
  • On Balance Is This An Ethical Purchase?

environmental Considerations

  • Is it made from a renewable resource?
  • Does its production create toxic emissions?
  • Does its manufacture use non renewable energy?
  • Is it made locally?
  • Can it be re-used, re-purposed or efficiently recycled?
  • On Balance Is This An Ethical Purchase?

   Bin Audits

Looking in our Bins helps us see where we can make changes to reduce what we throw out. Initially, as your landfill bin fills more slowly, you may notice you create more recycling, but gradually this will diminish as you reduce, re-use and re-purpose. You'll notice you're putting your bins out less often, and have the satisfaction of saving money by NOT buying so many bin tags.

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   Bin Audits

Looking in our Bins helps us see where we can make changes to reduce what we throw out. Initially, as your landfill bin fills more slowly, you may notice you create more recycling, but gradually this will diminish as you reduce, re-use and re-purpose. You'll notice you're putting your bins out less often, and have the satisfaction of saving money by NOT buying so many bin tags.

Visit  LiveLightly.nz  and find out if you're Future Fit. Take the Quiz to discover your impact on the planet and actions you can take to reduce this at futurefit.nz

Action Examples For Reducing Our Impact

 Packaging And Containers


Think about the packaging and containers that products come in. Avoid buying products in plastic containers. Choose recyclable products with minimal or no packaging or look for alternatives. 

Reduce your packaging  waste by growing your own veges and flowers.

 Shopping Bags


Remember to take your re-usable Shopping and Produce Bags for veggies, fruit and dry goods. 
Buy loose, un-packaged products wherever possible

 Food And Storage


Use Beeswax Wraps and re-usable containers to keep food fresh.
Gel lids on pots and bowls can replace plastic wrap

 Cleaning Products


Use soap and shampoo bars, Learn how to make your own cleaners. 

Cut old soft fabric into squares instead of buying wipes. Wash then reuse

 Make And Create


Consider what you can enjoy making at home, or communally. The time and money used may be offset by less time spent shopping and driving; lower costs, less packaging and petrol, lower carbon emissions; more time socialising and building satisfying relationships with  family, friends, or neighbours; and the real satisfaction of creating something yourself. Use Sustainable Papakura Workshops for ideas to get you started

 Food Waste


Food is a major component of household waste. To reduce this we can embrace 'slow' food over 'fast' food and learn shopping, cooking and storage skills which reduce waste and save us many dollars as well: an average of $600.00 a year for NZ households. Finally, Composting, Worm Farming, or Bokashi systems together with our Council Food Scraps Bins, enable us to use food scraps, paper and cardboard to effectively enrich the soil.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Changing our perceptions 

from 'Rubbish' to 'resource'

Making Sure That What We Can’t Use Ourselves
Goes Back Into Circulation

Changing our perceptions from
'Rubbish' to 'resource'

Re-Use


recognise that items we've finished with can have other uses

Re-use involves minimal processing, usually just a wash and maybe re-labeling

 some ideas

  • Re-use plastic bags, jam jars 
  • gift unwanted items to others or op-shops.
  • use or start community lending libraries for toys, tools, party gear, clothes
  • donate to Sustainable Papakura's  Swap Stop

Recognise That Items We've Finished With Can Have Other Uses

Re-use involves minimal processing, usually just a wash and maybe re-labeling

 some ideas

  • Re-use plastic bags, jam jars 
  • gift unwanted items to others or op-shops.
  • use or start community lending libraries for toys, tools, party gear, clothes
  • donate to Sustainable Papakura's  Swap Stop

Repair


Extend the life of items as long as we can

Repair involves some effort, but saves the original item from landfill. It can stimulate local enterprises

some ideas

  • identify local repair services, 
  • learn some new skills ourselves eg: how to sharpen tools, maintain your property and equipment
  • order new parts

Extending The Life Of Items As Long As We Can

Repair involves some effort, but saves the original item from landfill. It can stimulate local enterprises

 some ideas

  • identify local repair services, 
  • learn some new skills ourselves eg: how to sharpen tools, maintain your property and equipment
  • order new parts

Re-Purpose


Create New Life For Items That Have Served Their Original Purpose

Re-purposing requires skill, imagination and effort, but is a creative activity that is highly satisfying as an art and craft genre, as well as recovering resources. Re-purposing can also be a catalyst for new business enterprises.

some ideas

  • cut up old t-shirts for yarn or garden twine     
  • make gumboots into plant pots 
  • enter the SMART Competition 

Create New Life For Items That Have Served Their Original Purpose

Re-purposing requires skill, imagination and effort, but is a creative activity that is highly satisfying as an art and craft genre, as well as recovering resources. Re-purposing can also be a catalyst for new business enterprises.

 some ideas

  • cut up old t-shirts for  yarn or garden twine    
  • make gumboots into plant pots 
  • enter the SMART Competition 

Resource Management Systems

Resource Management Systems

Once You Have A System Set Up It All Gets Easier!

Once You Have A System Set Up It All Gets Easier!


Recovering resources may seem like one more chore to consume our time and energy. 
With a little organisation however, you can set up your own home recycling system and make resource management easy and efficient.

   Organise

By preparing and sorting unwanted resources at source, we make our footprint on Mother Earth much lighter ensuring resources are diverted to the most productive use.  

  Prepare

By preparing and sorting unwanted resources at source, we make our footprint on Mother Earth much lighter ensuring resources are diverted to the most productive use.  

  A Team Effort

Recovering Resources is everyone's responsibility. Think of ways to get family members involved in preserving Papatūānuku into the future by using  the interests and skills of each person and working as a team .

  A Team Effort

Recovering Resources is everyone's responsibility. Think of ways to get family members involved in preserving Papatūānuku into the future by using  the interests and skills of each person and working as a team .

Step by step 


If you follow these 3 steps each time you have finished with something, everything will be cleaned, sorted and ready to be Re-used, Repaired, Re-purposed or Recycled

Check List

 1-clean

Wash items with the rest of your washing up, as soon as you’ve finished with them, and save on water. They can go in the dishwasher too.That way you wont end up with a bin full of smelly things that no one wants to deal with.

 2-separate

Break down items into different components eg: remove sticky tape from cardboard, separate plastic, paper and cardboard components.

 3-store

Store your cleaned and separated items in the appropriate container.

Storage Ideas

 in the kitchen 


Under the kitchen sink: compostables, soft plastics,  recycling, small landfill items, tin foil balls, bread tags.

 in the bathroom 


All empty dental care containers, toothpaste tubes, floss, mouthwash, and used toothbrushes.

 Hall Cupboard


Wrapping paper, ribbon and string, carry bags, home re-purposing or repair, craft potential.

 In the Freezer


If your foodscraps bin gets smelly or attracts fruit flies, put your food scraps in the freezer till collection day.

 In the garage 


E-waste, op shop, gifting, repair, inorganic collection, household metals, council bins, hazardous waste.

 In a Basket


Keep a basket in a handy location for items that you can drop off at Sustainable Papakura's Collection Point.

when you work


Use temporary storage to separate plastic, paper, card, metal, hazardous waste, as you work.

 On a door handle


Hang a bag on a door handle to put your soft plastics in, or have a special bin.

Recycling

Recycling

Ensure Remaining Items Get To Appropriate Recyclers For Processing