Workshops focus on minimising waste

Last updated 17:02 05/02/2014

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People concerned about how to reduce waste once the fortnightly rubbish collection is launched in July can learn tips at waste minimisation workshops this month.

Rubbish collections in Central Otago are to be changed from weekly to fortnightly after the Central Otago District Council adopted its Waste Minimisation and Management Plan in March last year.

The decision has sparked concern for public health and offensive odours from waste material, especially in summer.

To help minimise waste, the council has organised a composting and two cloth nappy workshops.

Gardening and composting educator Fred Peyton would hold a free, hands-on workshop where he would construct a compost heap to demonstrate how easy it could be, he said.

He would use grass clippings, hedge prunings, leaves and various garden greens and explain how to layer these to cook up a nutrient-filled compost to feed a garden, he said.

He would also discuss ways of composting to suit the section size and how much organic material a household generates.

"We want to get more people thinking about these materials as a resource, not waste."

Kate Meads, "the Nappy Lady", would also hold two nappy workshops where people could learn about the costs of disposable versus cloth nappies, the environmental impact of both options, some of the modern nappy options, all about the different styles of nappies and tips on washing and caring for cloth nappies.

Those attending will also get a free trial pack of modern styled cloth nappies valued at $100 to take home.

COMPOSTING

What: Composting Workshop

Where: Central Otago WasteBusters Resource Recovery Park, Boundary Rd, Alexandra

When: February 8 from 10am.

Cost: Free

CLOTH NAPPIES

What: Two cloth nappy workshops

When: February 24: 10.30am-12.30pm and 6.30pm-8.30pm

Where: Morning Alexandra Community House, Centennial Ave. Evening Cromwell Presbyterian Church, Elspeth St

Cost: $20 (couple or individual)

Bookings: At Central Otago REAP or phone 0800 267 327 or email admin@coreap.org.nz

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