Waste Minimisation



​Ruapehu has adopted its Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) and with it an aspirational vision of being ‘Zero Waste by 2040’. 

One of the significant things highlighted by this process is that Council and the community share the same vision for ensuring that Ruapehu minimizes its waste footprint.  Like the rest of NZ we have some big challenges ahead in protecting and improving our environment and meeting our national environmental obligations.

​The WMMP now provides the blueprint and necessary flexibility for ensuring we can maintain the development of safe, prosperous rural communities that are able to capitalise on our agriculture, business and tourism sectors while sustaining our beautiful environment.

Waste Minimisation Education Programme

If the WMMP is going be successful we need households and businesses to be prepared to make changes to their behaviour with a much bigger commitment to reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

For many people this will require a change to their current behaviour however we don’t believe this needs to be difficult or time-consuming with a little organisation and understanding.

 To help with this process Council is running a programme of Waste Minimisation workshops aimed at giving people the knowledge and skills to reduce their waste footprint. 

 All the workshops are free and provide a wide range of useful, practical advice. Please come along to as many as you can.​

2019 is going to be Sew Good!

This year there will be a focus on making reusable bags so that when the single use plastic ban begins in July we will have environmentally friendly alternatives at hand. 

But I don't know how to sew!  You don't need to, if you have a spare t shirt or singlet you can create a no-sew bag, just click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/1MillionWomen/videos/diy-no-sew-t-shirt-bag/10156995572715393/

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Boomerang Bags Taumarunui Workshop
Saturday 23 March 2019, 10:30am - 4pm
St Paul's Church Hall, 8 Marae Street, Taumarunui
Tea/coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Sewing Merino Hats for Premature Babies
This workshop utilises merino offcuts.
Monday 25 March 2019, 5:30pm
Textiles Room, Ruapehu College, 30 Tainui Street, Ohakune

No Sew Bag Making
Tuesday 23 April 2019, 10am - 12 noon
CKC REAP, 115 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui

Compost Workshops to be held in May 2019. Dates and locations TBC.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in some of the workshops please contact me on the contact details below.

Contact me

If you want to discuss any of Council's waste minimisation initiatives, or arrange for a waste minimisation workshop or programme for your community group, school, marae or business, please contact me

Phone: 027 203 1247 or via your local Council office 07 895 8188 (Taumarunui) or 06 385 8364 (Ohakune)​

Page reviewed: 18 Mar 2019 4:10pm