Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Ōpōtiki Library Saves A Kilometre Of Plastic From Landfill

Small changes can add up to larger, collective action and Ōpōtiki Library has been considering its own plastic footprint over recent years. This Plastic Free July has been a good opportunity to do some analysis and put facts and figures to the small changes it has been making.

Library Manager, Jo Hunt, said that Plastic Free July was a chance to people to be more conscious of how much plastic was part of our everyday lives and make changes that start to remove it from our habits and processes. Plastic pollution has become one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues with plastic waste now found in every corner of our planet.

“It was during Plastic Free July in 2018, that Ōpōtiki Library decided to stop covering fiction paperbacks as a way we could reduce our own plastic use. So this year, three years later, we wanted to take the opportunity to crunch some numbers and see just how much difference this step has made,” Ms Hunt said.

Ms Hunt explained that many of the books being covered previously were fiction “trade paperbacks”, standard size books that require approximately 50cm x 33cm of self-adhesive plastic covering.

Since 2018, the library has bought approximately 2000 new books that previously would have been covered in plastic. This represents a kilometre of plastic that is no longer being sent to landfill – both the plastic backing which is non-recyclable, and the actual plastic film attached to the book covers which would be unrecyclable at the end of the book’s life.

“Trade paperbacks are not an asset with a long-term life span so we didn’t want to cover these books with a waste product that would exist in the environment well past the life of the book. And to date, we haven’t thrown away any of those 2000 books because of a tatty cover! Plastic covers still have a place – we selectively cover some books for longer life or extra care.

“A couple of side benefits of not covering our books have been freeing up staff time and reducing our spend on plastic film which works out at about 85c per metre.

“But the real benefit has been reducing our environmental impact and showing others that small changes in our day-to-day lives can add up to bigger impacts on our environment.

“I’d encourage others in the community to do a small stocktake of their own plastic use and see what changes they can make now to reduce the impact of plastic pollution,” Ms Hunt said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19, 17/9: 1,007 Overall Cases, 4,500,000+ Vaccine Doses Administered

11 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Auckland today. 535 so far have recovered from their cases in Auckland alongside 15 of 17 in Wellington... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On the moral and scientific case against Covid booster shots

A year ago, a Covid vaccine was still on humanity’s wish list. Now, we’re basing our economic planning - and the safety of opening our borders – on the ability of the new Covid vaccines to reduce infection, hospitalisation and death. Given this reliance and in the face of an evolving virus, there is a lot of anxiety about how well the vaccines protect us, and for how long. Will we need booster shots, and how soon..? More>>


Trans-Tasman: Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has been extended, given the current Delta outbreaks, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “When QFT was established with Australia, both our countries had very few recent cases of COVID-19 community transmission... More>>

Auckland: School holidays remain unchanged

School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo is the best course of action... More>>


Government: Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan

Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today... More>>


Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>




InfoPages News Channels