Posted on 06 July 2021 at 12:02
Are you recycling properly, Tairawhiti?
That’s the question posed in a new educational video animation launched by Gisborne District Council in conjunction with media entity Gizzy Local.
The animation, created by local artist Stephanie Barnett, aims to educate the community about conscious consumption and recycling best practices to ensure that waste does not end up unnecessarily in landfills.
Gisborne District Council Waste Minimization Facilitator Charlotte Phelps says recycling offers the community the best chance to divert household waste from landfills, but unfortunately this opportunity is often missed.
“One of the biggest problems we see is that recyclable products contaminated with food cannot be recycled. This is why it is so important to rinse the product off and give it a quick scrub to remove any food before putting it in the trash.
“We also see a lot of recyclable products thrown away with the garbage and it’s a shame to see them go unnecessarily to the landfill.
The video animation also covers being a conscious consumer, explaining that our purchasing choices play an important role in minimizing waste.
“Remember to bring your own bags of product and choose unpacked items first, followed by easily recyclable packaging,” says Phelps.
“You can buy in bulk and make food or household items from scratch.
Ms Barnett said the collaboration between GDC, Gizzy Local, narrator Manaia Aupouri and sound engineer Nathan Seaver was a fun project to work on.
“I enjoyed thinking about how best to engage and educate our community, as well as celebrate what makes Te Tairawhiti so special because I feel so much love for our community, our planet and for art. . . . it was a real dream job.
With Plastic Free July starting July, there are plenty of great resources available on how to make your own natural cleaning products from readily available ingredients, as well as other tips for reducing your waste footprint.
FUN PROJECT FOR A SERIOUS PROBLEM: Playing their part in a video animation to help people improve their recycling and be more aware of consumer waste are (left to right) Charlotte Phelps, Waste Minimization Facilitator of the Council of Gisborne District, Sound Engineer Nathan Seaver, Artist Stephanie Barnett and Narrator / Host Turanga FM Manaia Aupouri. Top left, an animation showing how people can prevent recyclable materials from being unnecessarily landfilled. Photo by Liam Clayton
Do you recycle well, Tairāwhiti? Animation provided