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Published: 2001-09-10 00:00:00

Hamilton residents can learn more about getting rid of waste naturally at a weekend display to celebrate Clean Up New Zealand Week later this month.

Environment Waikato is joining Hamilton’s Organic Recycling Centre and worm farm operators MYWORMS for a practical demonstration in the city’s Civic Square (between Garden Place and Downtown Plaza) on Saturday September 22, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Environment Waikato events co-ordinator Kim MacRae-Jonson says the groups are inviting people to come along and gather some practical advice on how to reduce their household waste by over 40 percent, by either home composting or disposing of green waste at the Organic Recycling Centre. Plant Pest Officers will also be available to give advice on disposing of plant pests, and people can also enter a draw to win a home compost bin donated by The Warehouse.

“Since waste disposal is one of the environmental issues Waikato people are most concerned about, we want to give people some ideas about reducing that waste naturally. All it takes is a little bit of time each day to separate organic waste from other waste.”

She says during a year an average family will throw away 1.5 tonnes of rubbish – the equivalent of half a fully grown elephant. If organic waste is dumped it rots and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming.

Clean Up New Zealand Week runs from September 17-23 and aims to raise awareness of the urgent need to minimise, manage and recycle waste, as well as cleaning up littered and polluted sites.

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