Transition Nelson Waste Group

Transition Nelson Waste Group

Next Transition Nelson Waste Group meeting. Monday 12th January, 5:30pm, Dining Room, Prince Albert Hotel, 133 Nile Street, Nelson. Queries to Hein - email hein@kinect.co.nz

Contact person for this group is Hein Kolff email hein@kinect.co.nz

 

Meeting:        Monday 24 November, 2008 at Prince Albert, Nile St.

 Present:       Hein Kolff, Karen Driver, Willow Sands, Chris Ward, Karen Lee, Joanna Plows

Not Present: Fiona Lulham, Janet Whittington

 AIMS of the group:   To reduce/minimise waste/use of plastics/packaging

Minutes:

·         Reviewed actions from previous meeting. 

o    Actions 1, 2 and 3 on hold due to the collapse of the market for recyclables and hence NCC’s review of the their existing recycling programme

o    Action 4 is ongoing – all activities agreed by group to be presented under the Transition Nelson umbrella.

o    Action 5 to be deferred to allow efforts to be spent on getting a project started.

·         KL mentioned that she is looking to set up a programme on neighbourhood composting/recycling for NCC.  So we shouldn’t take any action on this idea until the programme is developed.

·         JP mentioned that she had done a presentation to Toastmasters on waste.  It was decided that Joanna should give the presentation at the start of the next meeting – Action JP.

·         KL mentioned that the NCC Sustainable Living programme has one module on waste that is their focus for this coming year.  This module could be available to local groups but there is a limit on the funds available to run the course.  Anyone who can identify a suitable group should let Karen know.  Action KL

·         The meeting agreed that the focus for the group should be on developing the BYOC project

·         The group will support the Green Teens in their project to reduce plastic bags but not implement any further actions and so the great letter drafted by Fiona wasn’t discussed at this time.  Post meeting note – KD  thinks this letter should be circulated around the group for comment, so Fiona should email this to all group members prior to the next meeting. Action FL

·         HK and JP mentioned that they a food vendor at the Ngatimoti fair had supplied metal forks and asked patrons to return them – HK/JP to write a letter applauding the initiative for the Nelson Mail.  Action HK/JP.

·         The meeting agreed that artwork is needed for the BYOC project.  KL to approach her NCC colleagues for support.  If that not available to discuss with Mike Ward. Action KL

·         We discussed ways to promote BYOC – suggestions include: Matt Lawrey (Fresh FM and The Leader; Press release; coordinated approach to relevant local businesses; approach to local event organisers.

·         KD mentioned the launch of the CodeRed project being run through the Nelson Environment Centre (NEC).  This to take place at the end of Feb or early March and our group may be able to have a stand to promote practical waste reduction actions.  We could use this as a launch or a public awareness raising activity for BYOC.

·         Christmas was mentioned and Chris offered to produce an alternative Christmas present list.  This could then be promoted in Ecoevents and through a media release. The group could see the list before publication but would have a limited time to respond.  Action CW

·         KD to find a list of all recipients a media release needs to be sent to.  Action KD

·         Willow mentioned any list should be sent through to the Multi-ethnic society too.

·         KD mentioned Freecycle as a means of passing on unwanted Christmas presents or things replaced by presents.  Send details to all.  Action KD

·         Janet Whittington is holding a TN gathering on the afternoon of Sunday 30th Nov at 35 Brougham St.

Next Meeting

Monday 12th January at 5:30pm.  Prince Albert dining room, Nile Street

 

 

Actions from this meeting

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Action

On whom

1124-01

Present waste speech to the group

JP

1124-02

Notify KL of groups that may be suitable to receive the Sustainable Living programme waste module

All

1124-03

Circulate draft hardware chain letter to all group members

FL

1124-04

Write letter to NM re Ngatimoti fair

HK/JP

1124-05

Secure designer for BYOC artwork

KL

1124-06

Produce an alternative Christmas present list – email to whole group with a limited response time allowed before being published.

CW

1124-07

Identify a definitive list for media releases

KD

1124-08

Distribute details of Freecycle around the group

KD

 

Actions from previous meetings

#

Action

On whom

Status

1105-01

Look at LTCCP to see what recycling is taking place and what is being put into place for the long term. 

 

KD

On hold

1105-02

Karen Driver to check with NCC to get facts and figures on recycling Council is currently doing. (Under Waste Minimisation Act local authorities have to provide more detailed information on recycling)

 

KD

On hold

1105-03

Use this information (from actions 1 & 2) to measure what is being done and where we can make improvements

 

All

On hold

1105-04

Use Transition Nelson as a Lobby Group to call for changes

 

All

Ongoing

1105-05

Develop DESCENT ACTION PLAN FOR WASTE so that as a Group we a) formalise a plan and b) have further ideas we can present for funding if opportunities arise

 

All

Deferred

 

 

 

Minutes from meeting on Wednesday 5th November, 2008 at Café Affair

 Present:        Hein Kolff, Fiona Lulham, Karen Driver, Willow Sands, Chris Ward, Janet Whittington

 AIMS:             To reduce/minimise waste/use of plastics/packaging

 HOW:             Ideas discussed to minimise waste/use of plastics

  • Less packaging on products
  • Less packaging on food
  • Minimise use of plastic bags in supermarkets, hardware stores, chain stores
  • Minimise use of plastic knives and forks, plastic cups at street stalls serving food
  • Remove blue plastic rubbish bags from Council rubbish collections - replace with wheelie bins, user pays
  • FOC green waste at Refuse Centre
  • Composting centre at Recycling/Refuse Centre

ACTION:      

*           Look at LTCCP to see what recycling is taking place and what is being put into place for the long term. 

*           Karen Driver to check with NCC to get facts and figures on recycling Council is currently doing.

(Under Waste Minimisation Bill local authorities have to provide more detailed information on recycling)

*           Use this information to measure what is being done and where we can make improvements

*           Use Transition Nelson as a Lobby Group to call for changes

*           Develop DESCENT ACTION PLAN FOR WASTE so that as a Group we a) formalise a plan and b) have further ideas we can present for funding if opportunities arise

 

PROJECTS: 

1.         Write to all supermarkets, hardware stores, chain stores, dress shops etc etc and ask for their POLICY ON PLASTIC BAGS. 

  • Use Bunnings as an example. Bunnings have a "no plastic bags at checkouts" policy. Bunnings sell reusable bags, provide cardboard boxes or ask customers to bring their own bags. This is a nationwide/international policy.
  • Use Bunnings policy to put pressure on other hardware stores/ chain stores to do the same.
  • (NB. Fiona rang 06/11 to check with Farmers and they still use plastic bags so Farmers need to be lobbied also!!!)
  • Generate media/press coverage

2.         "BRING YOUR OWN CUTLERY/CUP/CONTAINER" CAMPAIGN

*           Lobby local food stalls to allow customers to bring their own cup, container and/or cutlery when purchasing food/coffee etc

*           Ideally, the customer would be given a discount for BYOC as this minimizes the use of plastic cups and cutlery

*           Lobby supermarkets to allow customers to use own containers for meat, deli items instead of plastic bags/trays

*           Janet to contact Katy Steele to apply for funding for this project.  Funding to be used for a coordinator, posters, placards, flyers?, press advertising

 

Waste Group Minutes Held on 15/9/08 at Transition Nelson Launch

Summary - Three key Points

1. Zero waste. Biological composted. Technological remanufactured. Therefore no waste. Keep to completely separate.

2. Design everything to be recycled - cradle to grave.

3. Education, education, education!

4. Project. BYOC - Bring your own cutlery/container - retailers offer a discount

 

Vision for Waste in Nelson in 2020

Waste - recycle plastic & compost

Two separate worlds, keep separate - biological and technological

No waste - everything gets recycled, reused all commodities.

Behaviour needs incentives.

Design everything to be totally recycled.

Recycling in NZ poor according to European backpackers

Waste Minimization Bill. Product stewardship, responsible for full life of product, cradle to grave.

Awareness & education

 

Existing Groups

Community Gardens

Waste Education Services at Nelson Environment Centre

Sustainable Tourism Group

Sustainable Business Network

Enviro Schools

 

Possible Projects

1. Need centralised composting. Barriers;

    - education of what can be composted

    - collection of compostable material

    - group/neighbourhood composting

2. Need to establish markets for recycled technological products

3. Fill your own container

4. Everything that NZ imports must be recyclable

5. Commodities which cannot be recycled like batteries must be abandoned - must use recyclable fuel calls instead