Kaikoura’s Zero Waste journey is about to get a funding boost to create Zero Waste events. Assistance to make all future Kaikoura events zero waste, is possible via recent funding from the Canterbury based ‘Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust’. The Sustainable Initiatives Fund support many great sustainable initiatives in the Canterbury area. The Trust funds projects that create or inspire long term environmental benefits. This includes initiatives that minimise waste, maximise resource efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
Zero Waste events are a focus for the team at Innovative Waste Kaikoura. This funding allows Innovative Waste Kaikoura to contract Zero Waste events experts “Beyond the Bin”, based in Tauranga. Beyond the Bin work on the ground at some of NZ’s largest events developing zero waste initiatives which are fit-for-purpose. Beyond the Bin help events improve their waste practices through training and provision of resources. Now this learning can be passed on to the team at Innovative Waste Kaikoura, to roll out locally.
Zero Waste means no waste going to landfill and everything being recycled. Recently an audit was carried out of the Kaikoura waste stream and commercial waste to landfill showed up at 43% so aiming for Zero Waste events is a huge step in the right direction. Seafest is the first event to try this for the Kaikoura community. The aim is to have the tools and resources available for all events in Kaikoura. “Support will be available for all events” says Innovative Waste Manager Rob Roche.
A big part of this project will be having ‘Beyond the Bin’ on the ground during October’s annual Seafest event, setting up waste reduction facilities, educating and communicating, and training IWK staff in the world of Zero Waste events management. This will allow IWK to become Kaikoura’s local ‘go to’ for local events wanting to hop on the Zero Waste wagon and reduce their waste to landfill. IWK will create a Zero Waste events manual and will be able to assist event coordinators in establishing new practices.
Innovative Waste Kaikoura are committed to Zero Waste for the Kaikoura community and are looking forward to working with all events in and around Kaikoura; School fundraisers, sports events, music and food festivals, they can all achieve Zero Waste to landfill. Rob Roche from Innovative Waste says “all event attendees can participate in the achievement, while all events can have zero impact on our waste system”