Rubbish Toursim

I’ve been lucky enough to be overseas for the last two months – in Europe and South America – and apart from having a very nice time visiting friends and interesting places I have been keeping an eye on the waste services in each of the countries.

The best two things I saw were the kerbside recycling in Scotland and the Container Deposit stations in Norway.

As I ventured out one morning in Edinburgh I came across a truck and three men (a driver who got out and helped, and two runners) sorting the recycling. The recycling bins were crates with special little raincoat covers, similar to a shower cap with elasticated plastic to keep the recycling dry in the case of rain.  The runners sorted the crates into holes in the side of the truck before returning the empty crate to the kerbside.  In addition to the collection services the promotion of recycling was very visible – many city bus stops had a sign attached to them encouraging people to recycle and the packaging included elaborate instructions on exactly how to recycle (or not) the material.

Norway is like many of the Scandinavian countries in that it has extremely high recycling standards. Households sort their recycling into a large number of categories including food waste and plastic film.

Container deposit legislation means that many of the containers are worth a small amount of money when returned to a container deposit stations. Such stations are common and often attached to supermarkets of all sizes. I visited one in Rjukan and was shown around the back end of the station where the reusable bottles and recyclable materials are sorted and stored for transportation.

The most shocking things were the rubbish piles in Argentina. Kerbside recycling as we know doesn’t seem to exist there yet. I did see a few big bins on the street in Buenos Aires where people could sort their recyclable materials into, but for the average householder there was nothing but a rubbish bin that everything went into. Each night the street corners would gather piles of rubbish, and I saw people going through the rubbish pulling both food and things that were of value out. Watching these people made me think of the Global Alliance of Wastepickers and the work the are doing to support the Wastepickers of the world http://globalrec.org/



A pinch and a punch for the first of the month

August already….

Hui time is hurtling towards us at a rate of knots!

The planning has been underway for the last few months. The team here at Wanaka Wastebusters have been given the opportunity to organise the Hui this year under the guidance of the CRN Exec. (more…)


Seeing the bigger picture, from Wanaka and beyond!

Wow… April already.
How time flies when you are having fun! My how true that saying is!

Well, I have to start by saying I was one on the lucky people who received one of 5 free Waste Awareness Magazines that Susa was giving away.  Thank you Susa, I slipped that into the Wanaka Wastebusters smoko room for some lunchtime perusal.
So, just wanting to write a few words after reading the latest CRN e-newsletter.
It’s great to receive these monthly updates especially after making such wonderful contacts throughout the network at the CRN Hui in Nov. It really keeps the connection strong with updates on what hot and what’s not around the country. I definitely have popped the date in my diary for next year and can’t wait to hear what they will have for the line up. (more…)


CRN Hui 2010 – Post Hui Happiness

NOV 2010 : CRN Hui…. the Aftermath!!!!!

Well, what a fantastic few days it was!!!

Susa and Marianna did a fantastic job organising the Hui.

It was my first time attending and I hope not the last…….

I have talked to many CRN members over the phone before, rallying up support, gathering information for various projects I have been involved in through Wanaka Wastebsuters, and finally I got to put faces to the many names and voices I have talked to and worked with over the last year.

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