Resource Recovery

Re-Imagining Our Values And Lifestyle

Resource Recovery

Re-Imagine Our Values
And Lifestyle


At Sustainable Papakura we support Auckland Council's vision of a Zero Waste Auckland by 2040. This requires big shifts from all of us in the way we live. Covid 19 restrictions have, for example, demonstrated in a timely way some advantages of a slower pace of life. While some people temporarily enjoyed more quality family time and cleaner air, minimising travel, shopping on line and spending more time at home and locally decreased carbon emissions by 10 percent, enough to make a difference. Mountains came into view, the birds into earshot and both old and new ways of doing things came to the fore. Doing life differently and enjoying it more is at the heart of securing a sustainable future.

Understanding The Problem

   understanding The Problem

We know that when we throw stuff ‘away’ it does not actually disappear. THERE IS NO AWAY.  In Auckland we fill a rugby field to the top of the goal posts with stuff we try to send ‘AWAY’ every week.  It is toxic, producing methane and leachate. The more our landfill bins are contaminated with food waste, the more methane  goes into our atmosphere.

Understanding The Problem

We know that when we throw stuff ‘away’ it does not actually disappear. THERE IS NO AWAY.  In Auckland we fill a rugby field to the top of the goal posts with stuff we try to send ‘AWAY’ every week.  It is toxic, producing methane and leachate. The more our landfill bins are contaminated with food waste, the more methane  goes into our atmosphere.

Life-Planet Balance

Life-Planet Balance

We're used to re-balancing life and work to improve our quality of life. Now we're learning to balance our own needs with keeping Papatūānuku healthy and treating everything as a valuable resource. Re-imagining our lifestyles means including sustainable living in the quality of life equation and making choices on a daily basis to secure life satisfaction now and to ensure a viable future.

Life-Planet Balance

We're used to re-balancing life and work to improve our quality of life. Now we're learning to balance our own needs with keeping Papatūānuku healthy and treating everything as a valuable resource. Re-imagining our lifestyles involves including sustainable living in the quality of life equation and making choices on a daily basis to secure life satisfaction now and to ensure a viable future.

The waste management hierarchy

The Most Effective Ways To Both Avoid And Deal With Waste

The waste management hierarchy

The Most Effective Ways to Both Avoid and Deal With Waste


At the top of the hierarchy are options which involve human thinking and choices in adopting a lifestyle which minimises waste. Options that are lower down the hierarchy require increased processing and therefore energy consumption including human energy. At the bottom of the hierarchy, energy intensive re-processing is required making this the least desirable action. Our Home Recycling Page has more info on ways that you can implement the strategies laid out in the diagram below.

community initiatives 

community initiatives

Projects

Our Resource Recovery projects focus on understanding that goods and materials we may have finished with are still valuable resources to be kept in the circular economy. If we can recirculate these locally we will also be reducing our carbon footprint. 

 Projects

Our Resource Recovery projects focus on understanding that goods and materials we may have finished with are still valuable resources to be kept in the circular economy. If we can recirculate these locally we will also be reducing our carbon footprint. 

 Workshops

Attending our Sustainable Living workshops, dedicated to passing on the skills and knowledge required to achieve our sustainability goals, is one way you can reduce your footprint on the planet

 Workshops

We run a number of workshops dedicated to passing on the skills and knowledge required to achieve our sustainability goals.  

Resource Collection and Sharing

Resource Collection and Sharing

At our Base we can reuse or redistribute some items. We do have limited space though, so this needs to be done in a controlled way. Priority is given to materials we can use for our existing projects, or pass on to people or groups we know have a use for them. Items we are currently accepting are:

 fabric 


For making beeswax wraps, reusable shopping bags, produce bags, menstrual pads and liners, baby wipes, and other sewing projects. Old Tshirts

 Craft Supplies


at our facilitator’s discretion depending on upcoming projects. Or if we know a school or preschool group is looking for particular items, we could be a collection and distribution point for these

 Other Items


Please enquire before dropping off as we may or may not be able to take your goods, or we may be able to suggest another diversion for them. Have a look at our Projects to see if you have items that might be useful to those

 knitting yarn 


for community knitting projects, our own or others

 Vegetable Plants


these are welcome for restocking our planters

 fabric 


For making beeswax wraps, reusable shopping bags, produce bags, menstrual pads and liners, baby wipes, and other sewing projects. Old Tshirts

 Jars and Containers


Used for workshops making health, beauty and cleaning products. These need to be clean, with labels removed please

 Craft Supplies


at our facilitator’s discretion depending on upcoming projects. Or if we know a school or preschool group is looking for particular items, we could be a collection and distribution point for these

 Other Items


Please enquire before dropping off as we may or may not be able to take your goods, or we may be able to suggest another diversion for them. Have a look at our Projects to see if you have items that might be useful to those

 Jars and Containers


Used for workshops making health, beauty and cleaning products. These need to be clean, with labels removed please

 knitting yarn 


for community knitting projects, our own or others

 Vegetable Plants


these are welcome for restocking our planters

Collection Point

Our popular Collection Point allows you to drop off hard to recycle items at the Base, or at our Monthly Market. Thank you for taking the time to save these items from landfill​

Collection Point

Our popular Collection Point allows you to drop off hard to recycle items at the Base, or at our Monthly Market. Thank you for taking the time to save these items from landfill

  Swap Stop

At our Base we hold a limited amount of goods for swapping for other items or for time given as a volunteer. If you have surplus produce or goods in excellent condition, please ask if these are suitable for our Swap Stop. When you donate something, or your time, you are welcome to take something in return. 

  Swap Shop

At our Base we hold a limited amount of goods for swapping for other items or for time given as a volunteer. If you have surplus produce or goods in excellent condition, please ask if these are suitable for our Swap Stop. When you donate something, or your time, you are welcome to take something in return.