Zero waste food

 Food waste makes up half of what Taranaki households send to landfill. Not only this, but the packaging that came with that food is a significant part of the second half of our rubbish bins. This offers a huge potential to reduce our waste, not only in terms of converting organic waste into compost, but looking at the food we are purchasing and choosing brands that have either no packaging or packaging which can be composted or recycled.

Composting is an easy way to turn what would otherwise produce greenhouse gases in landfill into a valuable resource. It’s a key action that Taranaki residents can undertake at home, and will help you grow more food in your garden! Check out our composting guide for details.

Composting your waste food

Another easy way to prevent your food waste going to landfill is to get some backyards chooks. Not only will they entertain the kids, they will turn that waste in to eggs for the kitchen and fertilizer for the garden. For local chook information and suppliers see our keeping animals page.

Feed the chooks

A huge amount of the non-organic waste from our households comes from food packaging. While some of this can be recycled, there is also a lot that cannot. What can we do? Change how we shop. Every time we purchase an item at the supermarket or grocery store we are voting for that product. Is it a good purchase for the environment?

Sometimes a few small changes can make all the difference. If there is more than one brand for the item you are looking for, are there differences in their packaging?

  • Choose unwrapped produce and use a reusable produce bag to purchase them in.

  • Purchase bulk items such as nuts and seeds from a bulk bin using your own containers.

  • Buy your milk at a local milk supplier, such as Beach Road Milk or Dolly’s Milk. There you can take in your own reusable bottle.

  • Choose recyclable packaging over non-recyclable, such as cardboard over soft plastics.

  • Choose compostable packaging over recyclable packaging - you can do it at home.

  • Choose glass containers over recyclable plastic containers - they can be recycled indefinitely whereas plastics cannot.

  • No good option available? How about making it at home (bread, crackers, yogurt etc.) or just not buying it? You can also contact your favourite food brands and encourage them to do better with their packaging, letting them know you’ll support them if they make changes.

Check your purchasing

If you know of other stockists/retailers/suppliers/services or all round fantastic sustainable sources please let us know so that we can include them.