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Zero waste in Mt Eden Village – project updates

February 13th, 2013

We will focus on waste minimisation and continue to report back about positive changes with businesses and cafes that embrace a more sustainable practice, recycle and offer NZ made and fair trade products. We are starting this year with talking to our shops about what they are already doing and how we can help them to reduce more waste going to landfill. Let us know if you would like to help with this.

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Recycling market Mt Eden : Saturday 2 March 2013 at the Mt Eden Village Centre

November 11th, 2012

Looking ahead – declutter your wardrobe and book a table for $35.00 at the first Mt Eden recycling market.  Join others to sell or swap unwanted items in your wardrobe. This first recycling market will focus on quality women’s clothing. A great opportunity! Booking enquiries:

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Meeting/Workshop about Resource Recovery network

November 4th, 2012

This workshop/meeting will be held on Thursday 15th November at 7.00pm at the Fickling Centre, Three Kings. See directions info below.
A study is being done with the three local boards (Waitemata, Albert Eden, Puketapapa) into how to establish resource recovery facilities in their areas. The study fits into the wider Resource Recovery Network concept which we are helping Auckland Council to develop.

The aim of the workshop is to give those that want to be involved the opportunity to hear more about the project and to seek local ideas and input to the study.

It will be an informal format with brief presentation by local board reps and Envision and then break out into groups or a general informal discussion. Notes will be kept and all the ideas will be sent out to those that wish to be kept informed.

The aim of the workshop is to give those that want to be involved the opportunity to hear more about the project and to seek local ideas and input to the study.

The Fickling Centre – 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings. (close to corner of Mt Albert Rd and beginning of Mt Eden Rd.)

Free parking is available near the Fickling Centre in the public car parking area at the back of the Three Kings shopping Centre. Access is via Grahame Breed Drive or through the Three Kings shopping centre off Mt Albert Road. The main entrance is the same as the library.

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Resource Recovery Network for Auckland

October 1st, 2012

Auckland Council has recently adopted a new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. The plan brings the different waste and recycling services of the seven former councils under one umbrella and will mean changes as standard charging regimes and services are provided across the region.

The plan is the most ambitious the region has had, with an aspirational vision of zero waste to landfill by 2040 (with a short term target of reducing kerbside waste to landfill by 30% in six years’ time).

One of the most promising things for local communities is the decision to develop a Resource Recovery Network (RRN). This would consist of community and private sector facilities that would allow residents to drop off their unwanted goods and materials for others to buy, trade, refurbish, re-sell etc. Each community could have its own facility – run by a community group, a charity or a local business etc. These facilities will not only reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill but will create local jobs and business opportunities.

Waitemata, Albert-Eden and Puketepapa Local Boards have enthusiastically endorsed the idea and have commissioned their own study into establishing Community Recycling Centres in their areas.

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Neighbourhood catch up: 19 September from 6pm to 7.30pm

August 27th, 2012

When: Wednesday 19 September from 6pm to 7.30pm
Where: Mt Eden Village Centre

Pillowcases and sheets drop off and exhibition opening:
Mt Eden Village Centre,  18 to 25 September,
9am and 12pm,

You are invited to have a glass of wine, meet your neighbours and learn how to save the whales.

We have teamed up with Project Jonah for this community event, aimed at connecting the community and supporting whale rescue operations. For eight days we’ll be collecting light coloured bed sheets, pillowcases and donations to support Project Jonah with their wonderful work. Throughout the campaign, pointillist artist and conservationist Rio Rossellini will have paintings featuring whales and dolphins on show at the Mt Eden Village Centre.

Please join us on Wednesday 19 September from 6pm to 7.30pm for a wine tasting, with wine kindly supplied by Moana Park, entry is by gold coin donation. This could be a night when you meet the neighbours, get to know people you can call when you need help or swap home-grown vegetables with, or join to rescue whales and dolphins. You will also get to meet Rio Rossellini and talk to her about her art.

So let’s get ready for a spring clean and declutter the linen cupboard – how many sheets and pillowcases do you really need?

Please drop off any unwanted pillowcases and sheets at the manager’s office in the Mt Eden Village Centre between 9am and 12pm, from Tuesday 18 September to Tuesday 25 September. The Mt Eden Village Centre is part of our zero waste initiative we have been working with our local shops and businesses. We support recycling within our community and hope that with this initiative we make it easy for you to relocate unwanted items.
There will also be a donation box available to collect donations to support Project Jonah.

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Battery recycling: our local collection stations had to be closed

July 26th, 2012

We would like to thank Steve and his team from Civic Video Mt Eden for his ongoing support for our work to establish a battery collection station. The batteries we collect get sorted with alkaline batteries going into a concrete container to avoid the leaking of toxic materials and others having metals extracted and recycled. We see our project as educating and encouraging community members to buy reusable batteries and recycle single-use batteries.

We collect around 8-15kg of batteries each week which we have been dropping off to Sony. Interwaste provides recycling to Sony with the cost $5.50 per Kg. We have approached the Auckland council and local board to help find a solution but there has been no solution found.

We also would like to thank everyone who dropped off batteries for recycling at our collection station for the last 3 years.

We ask that the government works with producers of batteries to provide free battery recycling in communities. Please sign our online petitio.

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Unpackit Awards -nominate your best and worst packaging

January 31st, 2012

A mission from the Wanaka waste busters to reduce litter and waste with smart packaging. Nominations for the 2012 Awards close on 10th Feb – nominations are up 50% on last year and some really good ones. Want to know which packaging is good for the environment and which just looks good? Use these six simple rules to guide you on your quest to make good packaging choices.

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Avoiding waste creation in the first place – recycling in the second

January 23rd, 2012

Submission: Waste management and minimisation plan

The MEVP would like to submit to the council for the following:

We would like to congratulate Auckland Council on the draft Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and hope that our input will help to focus on avoiding waste creation in the first place and recycling in the second as well as to support local waste minimisation initiatives. We believe simple rules and regulations such as the refund on bottles and a tax on plastic bags urgently needs to be put in place if we are serious about reducing waste.

About the Mount Eden Village People
The Mount Eden Village People is a non-profit community group (charitable trust) with the focus on creating a sustainable and vibrant community. We are part of the Transition Town network and have a mailing list of around 800 subscribers from mainly the Albert- Eden – Roskill Ward area. We started in 2006 and our commitment is to encourage people to grow their own food, reduce waste going to landfill and offer workshops that are designed to teach people how to live a more sustainable life. Our focus is to make recycling more accessible and easier to community members and to encourage our local shops to join our zero waste program1.

Our group now works with 1/3 of our local shops 2 to reduce waste going to landfill and offer recycling stations in our community to collect batteries and soft plastic. We have been successfully working over the years coordinating the collection of “unwanted items” (waste), educate shop owners, sourcing alternative products and finding a new home for these “unwanted items” in our community by working with community members, shop owners, farmers and local schools.

We hope that our experience will help Auckland Council to support community initiatives such as ours with the focus on avoiding waste creation in the first place and recycling in the second. We also would like to see support for alternative products such as compostable and biodegradable packaging and rules and regulations that guarantee a change from plastic items (non biodegradable and non compostable) to biodegradable and compostable packaging.

The land of the long white cloud is too beautiful to be filled with waste and we have to take action now to make sure this land can be enjoyed by future generations. Landfill is not a solution to the problem, we have to start before that.


Q1 We agree, however we would like to see this implemented before 2018

Q2 In general we agree with the idea of putting the cost of waste back to the consumer, however we see the danger of illegal dumping. We  would like to suggest that council monitor possible misuse  of  neighbours bins.

We would like to see rules and regulations (mainly for the packaging industry) to avoid waste in the first place. We believe in the big picture the cost of the waste should go back to the manufacturer. Until this is not the case we would like to see recycling and resource stations in places with easy access for community members. This could be a way to collect precious resources until the packaging industry will make the necessary changes to avoid waste in the first place.

We also would like to know how the suggested system of consumer pais works for people who live in the apartments?

We support the idea of maximum conservation of resources and we would like to see our waste being recycled/treated in New Zealand and not shipped overseas.

We agree with the suggestion to replace the bags with a standardised wheelie bin, however we would like to suggest keeping the existing standard sized bin for those who already have them so these can be reused. We don’t think that the current rubbish and recycling bin needs to be replaced. If waste is paid by pick up the size of the bin does not seem to matter. For those that have more rubbish and need a bigger bin, they can either have a second 120l rubbish bin or a 270l bin. If these bins are getting replaced, we would like to know why and what happens to them. We believe that we should first use what is already there to reduce waste and cost to the rate payer.

If Council commissions new bins we would like to see that these new bins are made in New Zealand out of recycled material.

Recycling bins:
Again, we believe that the existing bins are totally fine and should be used in the future. As we understand the colour of some of the recycling bins are yellow and some blue. We suggest to:
A)    replace the lid only
B)    keep them as they are and attach a sticker as a means of unifying  them

We support the suggestion to offer to collect organic waste to make sure organic waste does not end in landfill and to minimise waste in general. However, Auckland has already many households doing the right thing, composting organic and green waste. These people should be rewarded as they don’t  need a new food waste bin. We would appreciate it, if instead of taking the organic waste away from homes and gardens, people who prefer to keep their organic waste on their property can choose between a free compost or hungrybin and get a monthly rebate on rates. In general we would like to see an encouragement to reducing waste on- site and not taking waste away.

The suggested proposed food waste bin size seems to be too small for food and green waste together and too big for food waste only (household with two people only or a household that is working towards zero waste already). We would like Council to give people the chance to opt out if they already compost and recycle on site to save ratepayers money.

We can see the suggested food waste collection working in apartment buildings, with smaller bins and corn starch bin liner that can be kept under the sink and one big bin to collect the food waste that will be shared in the apartment building. However if people choose not to be part of this program the food waste container would be wasted.

In general we prefer to collect food waste separately from green waste for the following reason:
•    People are already used to paying for and organising green waste collection.
•    Green waste collection companies will be out of business if this will be offered as a free service from Auckland Council. Why change something that works and is established.

Q5 Other: In general we agree that the inorganic collection should be rates funded. A lot of people already turn waste into resources by collection waste on inorganic collection day. These people are the ones who already live on limited budget and the collection of waste (resources) on inorganic day give them a chance to find things and items that they can use and reuse for free. This is why we suggest the following and select other:
We suggest annual inorganic collection and a local resource centre for each ward where people can drop items throughout the year (or council could pick up for a small charge). Ideally waste collected on inorganic day will be sorted in a recycling centre before it goes to landfill. We also would like council to introduce regulation on landfill (ban of certain material from landfill).

Q6 We support Council advocating for  Product Stewardship as this is forward thinking. Rules and regulations need to be put into place if we are serious about working towards zero waste and to become an eco city. Currently consumers have no choice other than to buy a product with all the packaging. In time, alternatives for plastic and polystyrene will be available, and using alternatives should be mandatory. We believe that Product Stewardship is not the final solution and Council still needs to have a plan in for recycling stations such as for batteries and e-waste as well as packaging. Until project Stewardship is established council should support communities with their waste minimisation projects.

Why should the consumer pay for the disposal of the packaging? The cost should go back to the industry and the industry needs regulations to prevent the creation of waste in the first place.

Q7 we agree.

Q8 We support the vision to become the most liveable eco city in the world. We would like to suggest to aim for zero waste by 2018 and not 2040. We also would like to suggest a change in the wording for all future council documents from “waste” to “resources” to make sure people understand that “waste” is something that can be reused and has value.

Before waste minimisation comes waste avoidance, other suggestions:
•    Refund on bottles -we support Council advocating for Container Deposit Legislation.
•    Tax on plastic bags or mandatory charge on plastic bags.
•    Collect paper and cardboard separate. Paper and cardboard can be recycled in New Zealand if collected separately which would support New Zealand businesses.
•    Introduce a fee on litter behaviour and illegal dumping
•    No new bins: Instead of introducing 80 litre bins and 270 litre bins, use what we already have, the 120 litre bins.
•    Keep the existing recycling bins and if necessary only replace the lid or use a sticker to unify them.
•    Guidelines for packaging industry to reduce packaging and use compostable and biodegradable sources.
•    Hazardous waste such as the Hazmobile is not suitable for people’s busy lives and recycling stations/bins at supermarkets or schools would be more user friendly and promote the message of recycling, especially with hazardous waste.
•    Several collection points that are open every weekend for example to drop off batteries and eco light bulbs.
•    Support community waste initiatives financially, such as proposed in appendix 3, page 86.
•    Introduce guidelines and gradually introduce compulsory aspects for the building industry to reduce waste.
•    In a time where new solutions and green technologies are improving constantly we suggest no long term contract should be handed out to private companies.
•    Council regain control over our waste and not leave it in the hands of private companies.
•    Legislation on banning organic matter to landfill by 2018.
•    Stronger council regulations with consequences (e.g. ban on certain materials to landfill, check if recycling bins are used correctly).
•    Recycling stations for soft plastic available all over Auckland.
•    Drinking fountains be positioned around the city and suburbs to supply drinking water and to discourage the buying of water in plastic bottles.
•    Resource recovery centres managed by the community in every ward
•    Recycling stations in schools, suburbs and shopping malls.
•    Every council event to mandatory adopt zero waste practices and make the use of alternative products to non  biodegradable compulsory 3.
•    Education programs promoting consequences to the environment and fines for polluters.
•    Reward good behaviour, fines for bad behaviour, such has been successful in other countries.
•    Support local initiatives to educate community and take action to work towards zero waste.
•    Support local initiatives and with the Council listening to what communities suggest and their needs.
•    Allow for a budget for local communities to come up with their own initiatives.
•    Encourage meetings with council members and community groups on how to manage waste.
•    For new immigrants: design a waste minimisation program addressed to new immigrants and communicate the issue from the beginning.
•    Suggested solution to minimise food and garden waste: worm farm – hungybin, easy to use and no training is necessary.
•    Print future brochures on recycled paper, no spot UV on pictures.
•    Instead of adding a CD on the back of the brochure include a link where people can download the PDF files from the internet.

Kind regards

Judith Holtebrinck, Sarah Rishworth, Gail Batten, Michele Donnovan,
Steering committee MEVP

1 Working towards Zero Waste in our community – Waste minimisation:
We have established a strong relationship with our local shops and are encouraging each one of them to join our waste minimisation initiative. We coordinate recycling of food waste and coffee grounds as well as researching new products to replace non biodegradable products used in shops. Our vision for our community is to be plastic bag free and offer ongoing support and advice to our local shops and residents on how to minimise waste going to landfill and alternative solutions. We promote alternative disposal for products that are currently going to land fill such as  food waste, batteries, coffee grinds, off cuts from the picture framer,  icream containers, buckets. We work with 1/3 of the shops and would like to maintain and expand our recycling initiative. We are saving waste from landfill that now is being used to feed happy pigs, free and happy chickens and a goat.

2 Mt Eden village: is a community of 40 shops, restaurants and cafes
3. Please refer to zero waste event organised by Ngati Whatua on Waitangi day.
4 litter fines have been successfully introduced in Australia (Northern territory)
Mexico city has a  rubbish police checking on the rubbish to make sure people do not mix recycling with non recycling.

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December newsletter

December 24th, 2011

Dear all,

This is definitely a last minute newsletter and one more proof that it has been a busy and successful year for the Mt Village People and now it is timer to look back.

First of all we would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who is part of our network and supporting our vision of zero waste and a sustainable Mt Eden. We also would like to thank the New Zealand Lottery Board for their funding this year. In addition our local board has kindly supported our projects by funding 5 Hungry Bins for our local shops and 5 beehives for Mt Eden.

On behalf of our group the MEVP, we wish you a wonderful Christmas with your friends, neighbours and family and all the best for 2012

Judith Holtebrinck

Please find below a brief list of achievements in 2011 in the village:

  • Frasers Café changed to free range eggs
  • The Essential Deli has stated their commitment to  free range happy and healthy animals and New Zealand made products in big letters on their window.
  • City cake reported that they use free range eggs for their cakes
  • Chapter tearoom offers fair trade and organic tea
  • The village wine shop is selling 12 free ranged eggs for $6.00
  • We are now recycling 100 x 10 litre buckets of coffee grains each month
  • We are collecting one bucket per month of used household batteries from Civic Video
  • Pig farmers collect food waste from Frasers and KC Loo.
  • The Mt Eden Community garden has 6 more garden beds
  • The Mt Eden butcher has a new owner who offers free range meat
  • We planted a mandarine tree in front of the Mt Eden Village centre
  • We donated 100 fruit trees to schools and kindergartens in July this year and are working on giving 1000 fruit trees to Auckland next year.
  • Our sustainability workshops for 2012 are now listed on our website
  • Since 13.12.2011, Maungawhau Mt Eden is bus free!
  • We raised $470.00 for our project to plant fruit trees at our annual community celebration at the Mt Eden Community garden.
  • We have observed more people in our community planting fruit trees on their grass verges.

Things we are working on and looking forward to in 2012:

A new local recycling station: We will offer the recycling of soft plastic in one of our local shops.

We are working on a submission for the Auckland waste plan, supporting community based recycling versus handing our waste over to the big players who send it to landfill.

We are looking forward to setting up our new Hungry Bins at our local shops

We are busy raising money and collecting fruit tree planting locations on our website:, our vision is to have 1000 community fruit trees for Auckland by July 2012.

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A Celebration of Community -27.11.2011 Mt Eden Village

October 28th, 2011

Please join us on Sunday 27th November 2011 from 2pm to 4pm to celebrate our progress with becoming a sustainable Mt Eden.  Hosted at the wonderful Community Gardens at the end of Poronui Street near the bowling grounds, come along with your family, friend and neighbours and get to know your community.

Thanks for the generous support of a Lottery Grant, Old MacDonald Farm will be there with some happy farm animals and a pony ride.  Other activities for kids include a workshop to help you learn to move like the animals, creating some recycled art and the good old favourites of seed planting and face painting.  And adults are also catered for with our version of the Amazing Race and compost workshop, a fantastic raffle with prices from local shops and businesses in Mt Eden. You get the chance to talk to experienced gardeners about your own food production in the city whilst enjoying nibbles from the Essential Deli.

Money raised on the day will go towards our project to provide 1000 community fruits tress in Auckland in 2012.

Find out more at
Our raincheck day is 4 December 2011.

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