zero waste in the home

Every year NewZealander’s send about 2.5 million tonnes of waste to landfills.

That’s more than 1/2 a tonne of waste per household yearly.

Landfills affect the environment by releasing powerful greenhouse gases, and can leach waste into soil and water, which pose a serious risk to humans and animals.

Nearly 3/4 of this waste could be kept out of landfill by recycling, reusing and recovering and the first step is to separate rubbish into categories.


In the preparation of food we have waste.

And in consuming food we have waste.

By collecting all food waste and recycling his waste into the garden instead, our rubbish bins will take longer to fill.


Collect food waste and bury in the garden.

Break down egg shells to a fine powder before disposal.

Do not add meat – however I do throw a chicken carcass out for the birds to peck on before I dispose of the bones.

Thats if I’m not using the bones to make stock.

Burying food scraps in the garden helps to break it down fast.

Most food scraps are almost completely in one month.

Burying in a separate part of the garden each time also fertilizes the soil.

Let the worms do the work.

Egg shells and tea bags may take a little longer.

2/ ZERO WASTE : Glass

Glass is reusable and can make great containers for your pantry.


Purchase as much as you can from bulk stores and use your own containers for refilling.

3/ ZERO WASTE ; Plastic

Many plastic containers can be reused for the same purpose as the glass above and make great storage solutions for school lunches.


Use plastic containers to freeze left overs and to make up meals for future use.

Plastic containers can also be re-modeled into seed raising containers for instance.

4/ ZERO WASTE : Paper

Paper waste these days is collected and disposed of by your local council.

However paper can also be reused at home in the garden in many ways.


Break up paper waste and include in the food scraps you bury.

Use paper as a weed mat in the garden.

Use for lighting the fire.

5/ ZERO WASTE : Avoid the supermarket

Most of the rubbish we collect today is in the form of packaging.


Buy in bulk from the bulk store.

buy meat from the butcher.

Veges from the vege shop – all using your own containers.

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