How can I reduce my greenhouse gas emissions? Waste

There is Hope in the Climate Change challenge

We still have a 10 years gap to change our habits and reduce our emissions to be able to limit climate change to an acceptable level (+1.5°C).

We must act now and act together

  • Refrigerants (#1), found in heat pumps & refrigerators. After these are carefully removed and stored, refrigerants can be purified for reuse or transformed into other chemicals that do not cause climate change
  • Stop food waste (#3). See Waiwaste food rescue https://waiwaste.business.site/
    • Buy only what you need and use what you buy
    • Take leftovers for lunch in reusable containers
  • Use the recycling bins (#55), see https://www.wairecycle.co.nz for a guide how we recycle in our region
  • Construction and Demolition waste (#56), reuse building materials
  • Compost (#60) at home or at a composting facility. Green and organic waste are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions creating methane in landfills. https://www.sharewaste.org.nz  (a sharewaste collective)
  • Print less paper. Recycle paper (#70), https://www.paper4trees.co.nz/

Grow your own fruit and vegetable garden, (utilise companion planting instead of using insecticides) Share your excess with friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues.

  • Reduce plastic consumption
    • Buy supplies in bulk
    • Think about reusable tableware for your functions
    • Use your own reusable bag, utensils, cup and/or drink bottle when out and about (instead of single use disposable plastics)
    • Avoid the excessive packaged items
  • Reuse clothing and textiles by buying or selling second-hand, host swap sessions, or donate clothes to opportunity shops
  • Refuse to burn or bury waste on farmlands see https://www.agrecovery.co.nz/ for more information on Agrecovery Rural Recycling programme
  • Recycling end-of-life tyres out of landfill reduces the  risk of fire and toxic pollution of air, water, and soil
  • E-waste contains toxic substances like lead, cadmium and mercury so by recycling e-waste we can prevent these substances entering our soils, air and waterways

#3: These numbers are the solution ranked for Climate Change mitigation – Project drawdown, https://www.drawdown.org/

 

South Wairarapa District Council