Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Waste not want not

Media Release

26 February 2014


Waste not want not


Skip the tip is the message to WOMAD goers this year.

Festival organisers are aiming high to improve on recycling waste and prevent as much rubbish as possible going to the city tip.

The international festival is just two weeks away and people are being encouraged to abide by the theme Zero Waste. Shell NZ Limited sponsors the recycling programme for WOMAD, and will be supplying even more recycling bins this year, with almost 250 being deposited between the site and the nearby campground at New Plymouth racecourse.

While most festival goers are good at recycling waste, there is a drive this year to improve, says Zero Waste manager David Liggett.

“Last year we had 56% of WOMAD rubbish recycled which was down a little on the previous year’s 62%. We know that there was an increased number of campers last year and it’s an area where our bins are unmanned.

“We want to improve on that this year so we are placing more bins in the camping area and we hope to step up on the push to have more recycled,” he said, urging campers to use the bins and ensure they recycled as much as possible.

Recycling/rubbish stations would be positioned throughout the WOMAD site with colour-coded bins and labels making it easy for the public to separate their rubbish. These stations would also be manned by volunteers who would assist people to use the correct bins.

Bins would cater for cardboard and paper, plastics, aluminium, tin, bio-degradable products and general rubbish, which was largely things that people brought with them, such as plastic drink bottles or pizza boxes.

All the food stalls would supply food on biodegradable plates or in containers made from starch or potato and issue utensils made from wood.

Mr Liggett said it was very important people used the correct bins for their waste.

“If it goes in the wrong slot, it contaminates everything so that the entire bag has to go to the landfill,” he said. “Even if only a small amount of incorrect stuff goes in.

“That’s why we have all the recycling bins manned to ensure people get it right. And most people who go to WOMAD want to get it right and they are passionate about recycling but we do want to improve on last year.”

“Zero waste is our goal, thus the name, so let’s try to achieve that as best we can.”

Nearly 100 volunteers alone will be working in Zero Waste, many of them manning recycling stations. Others will be clearing bags, taking rubbish sacks away and there will be a crew of night volunteers ensuring all bins and areas are cleared and refreshed for the next day’s festival.

“Some people love working in Zero Waste. They enjoy it so much they want to return each year. We have a 71-year-old New Plymouth man who volunteers for this area each time.

“It’s not as sexy as some other volunteer roles, like artist liaison or working backstage, but a lot of people do like it and we are a fun team. There are some misconceptions , that it’s about picking up rubbish or a dirty job. It isn’t.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news