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Council funding for events to reduce waste to landfill

A series of events which have the potential to reduce waste to landfill and illegal dumping have today received a funding boost from Waikato Regional Council.

The $4500 grant from the council’s environmental initiatives fund (EIF) will be used by the group Sustainable Cambridge to help organise, promote and oversee upcoming Secondhand Sunday events in Cambridge, Karapiro, Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Ohaupo and Pirongia.

Secondhand Sunday involves registered residents placing unwanted items at the front of their properties on a specified day for a period of four hours, so others can take away anything they may find useful. Participants can put out any items except hazardous waste, food and rubbish.

The council’s finance and audit committee heard the event aims to address waste at a community level by offering an alternative to landfill, and a different approach to managing unwanted resources.

Secondhand Sunday’s are free, require little effort from the householder, and support social sustainability by connecting the community through an activity of giving and taking, the committee heard.  However, householders are reminded that they must remove their items from the street at the end of the four hour collection period.

Participating householders register with Sustainable Cambridge, which generates a list of street addresses for those who wish to locate participating properties.

The event was first trialled in Cambridge earlier this year and received positive feedback from participants, however limited funding meant the group was unable to widely publicise it to the community, the committee heard.

The initiative has the support of the Waipa District Council, Te Awamutu Community Board and the Neighbourhood Support Network.

A feasibility study carried out by Sustainable Cambridge and funded through the EIF in 2011 found the most effective way to change behaviour is to target the individual and their personal lives. 

Secondhand Sunday provides ‘hands on’ education where people are actively involved in waste minimisation. The study found that community waste minimisation initiatives often have a high level of uptake and Cambridge/Waipa is a motivated community where this sort of project could easily do well, the committee was told.

The proposed schedule of events is:

Location

Date and time

Cambridge and Karapiro

Sunday, 29 September

10am-2pm

Te Awamutu, Ohaupo, Pirongia and Kihikihi

Sunday, 6 October

10am-2pm

 

Secondhand Sunday is already an established event being run regularly by Gisborne and Tasman district councils with good success.

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