Can I save money?
Yes! Recycling and Composting Saves Money!
In New Zealand, it’s generally free to drop off recyclables. Assuming you have been paying for rubbish to be dropped off at a transfer station then yes you will save money. Some material like steel and aluminium can even be sold to local scrap dealers so you make money! Ring around and see what dealers will take such as food and drink cans to cars and old freezers.
Recycling helps save money in many ways, not only for you, but for others too. Recycling creates 7 times more jobs than land-filling, providing more money to the local economies of towns, cities and regions.
Establishing recycling systems and separating food waste out for animals or composting will cultivate a recycling culture that will bring long-term benefits both for your marae or organisation and also for others. For instance, if you are burning waste out the back, burying your own waste or sending recyclable materials to landfill, these materials cannot be used again to make new things. This means a continuation of the take-make-dispose cycle, a cycle of on-going extraction of natural resources, which is costly financially and harmful to Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Using those organic resources to feed animals and grow kai in the maara saves you money and is much healthier than shop bought kai that's packaged and transported all over the place.
Burning of waste contributes to respiratory health problems and along with burying waste, leads to soil and water contamination. Respiratory health issues and contamination of water and soils have associated long-term impacts on plants and animals as well as our whānau and hapū such as causing cancer, alzheimers disease and reproductive problems.
Reusing, recycling and composting creates jobs, costs us less individually and collectively, and creates resource rich communities.