Busting Waste

Busting Waste first started as a regular weekly column in the Southland Times Newspaper, appearing every Thursday for over a decade, produced by the Southland Community WasteBusters Trust (SCWT). In honour of the SCWT whom pioneered waste minimisation in Southland, we are bringing back Busting Waste in a new digital form. Our aim is a humble one - to raise awareness of waste and encourage us all to take small actions to improve the use of our resources for the betterment of Aotearoa.

Disclaimer: Material posted does not necessarily reflect the view of WasteNet Southland.


Glass milk bottle

Looking at Glass

Guest bloggers, Farm Fresh South provide their perspective on the value of glass and why it is a hero when it comes to reducing waste.

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SIT Environmental Management Student Jessica Bailey researching beach litter in Southland

Marine Litter

If you grew up in New Zealand most likely you will have some sort of connection to the ocean.  Summer holidays spent at the beach fishing, swimming, searching for shells.   Guest blogger and SIT Environmental Management Student - Jessica Bailey - shares her research on coastal litter in Southland.

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Mirco Investigator scientist Zac from Waverley Park School collecting samples at the Otepuni Stream, Invercargill

Tiny plastics, big problems

Southland students are leading the way in developing quick and easy sampling methods to gather much needed scientific data on the amount of microplastics in our rivers and streams.  The Micro-Investigators projects is a citizen science programme investigating concentrations of microplastics in Invercargill waterways.

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Love Southland Heart - colour

Summer roadside litter prevention campaign

This summer 1,000 reusable in-car rubbish bags will be given away to Southlanders as part of a trial devised by Highways South and WasteNet Southland.

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Love Southland Heart - colour

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Do Kiwi's contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?  The short answer is yes. 

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