Thousands of tonnes of urban waste are hidden behind scrubbed white walls at a new power plant on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Wujiang, with even its chimney disguised as a clock tower.
A Dunedin woman who produces just half a chip packet-full of household waste a month is set to become the Dunedin City Council's poster girl for waste minimisation.
The Dunedin City Council's proposed waste management and minimisation plan has been released for public consultation.
Rubbish collections in Central Otago are set to be changed from weekly to fortnightly from July next year after the Central Otago District Council adopted its Waste Minimisation and Management Plan yesterday.
A draft plan for managing and reducing rubbish in the Waitaki district has been produced by the Waitaki District Council, but it also wants to know what people think about its proposals and if they have other ideas.
Representatives from Wanaka's new recycling collection contractor Smart Environmental were in town this week hoping to make peace with the organisation it undercut by 50% in a tendering process.
Wanaka Wastebusters will hold a drop-in session tonight to help answer the public's questions on last week's controversial decision by the Queenstown Lakes District Council to award Wanaka's kerbside recycling contract to Auckland firm Smart Environmental Ltd.
About 300 people marched in support of Wanaka Wastebusters yesterday afternoon, after the organisation's loss of a recycling contract with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Residents of the Queenstown Lakes district can have a say on how to best deal with their rubbish by submitting ideas for the council's new draft waste management and minimisation plan.
Although the popular eDay computer waste programmes will not go ahead this year, permanent electronic waste depots have been set up around the country, including three in Otago, and they will also take televisions - for a fee.
Three community groups involved in recycling and waste minimisation are upset they have been left out at the start of a Waitaki District Council process to prepare a waste management and minimisation plan, even though they will be consulted.
Police are reminding residents not to leave bags of rubbish lying around, after a spate of fires in the city.
The "ag bag" composting process is favoured to solve the problem of disposing of sewage sludge from Wanaka's Project Pure wastewater plant.
Testing a stockpile of biosolids at Wanaka's decommissioned wastewater scheme in Ballantyne Rd has been completed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Some packaging is over the top, say Wanaka Wastebusters. But they want your opinion too, writes Tom McKinlay.
Skifields will be under close scrutiny from the Otago Regional Council this winter, as the consenting authority looks to tighten up on wastewater treatment schemes run by Southern Lakes operators.
Despite some confusion across Dunedin about the city's new $26.7 million recycling system, and late pick-ups by workers getting used to new routes, the city council is happy with progress in the first week.
Dunedin's streets will be transformed from next week - at least on collection day. The bright yellow lids of the new recycling wheelie bins will demand attention. But it's what is inside that's...