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Waste not, want not - rubbish disposal

 
 
New Zealand has got a long way to go before it can truly be called CLEAN and green. 
 
Whether you are home, fully nomadic or just out-and-about for the day, we can all dispose of our (household) waste in a more ecological manner.
 
 
Choose any of the following that you can apply to your situation - obviously it's better to concentrate on the items at the top of the hierarchy as they will make the most impact.
 
 
Reduce the amount of waste coming into your (mobile) home - refuse a plastic shopping bag, use refillable containers, say 'no' to circulars, buy fresh food not processed...  
 
Re-use items a second or subsequent time. A yoghurt container to store leftovers or nails, paper to line a litter box or bed down a garden, jars for pickles and jams to give away...
 
Recycle items you can't use.  At home this is more than likely taken care of by kerb-side recycling but on the road you will find recycling centres or bins in most towns at the transfer station(s) (or on many BP service station forecourts) for paper/card, glass, plastic, & cans.
 
Recover. Can you compost your scraps?  Feed them to chickens or someone's pigs?  Stuff and build with eco-bricks?  
 
Rubbish.  Anything that is left-over at the end of the process is put in a rubbish sack or bin for dumping if you are at home.  Camping grounds will have their own disposal facilities.  Some councils stipulate the purchase of a rubbish bag included in their freedom camping charge if that is how you are over-nighting.  Otherwise you may find rubbish bins at the recycling centres (there will be a fee - usually for purchasing the right bag to put your rubbish in) or a small supermarket bag full of rubbish may be discretely dropped into a street-side rubbish receptacle. 
 
 
One traveling family I know of, made it their mission to carry their waste with them for the entire year.  They were vegan so there were no meat wrappers for a start, they bought fresh foods so hardly any packaging, and the rest they stashed into eco-bricks with the goal of using these to make a public park bench.  
 
I love the idea of the eco-bricks.  For more about their story here's a video about the woman behind them and the various movements to build schools and housing around the world:
 
 
 
There is a national movement in NZ to place recycling bins in public places with a map of these bins on our favourite smart phone application Campermate
 
 
 

 
 
Here is a list of the council recycling points &/or transfer stations for recyclables and rubbish disposal:
 

NORTH ISLAND

Auckland
Carterton
Central Hawkes Bay
Far North
Gisborne
Hamilton
Hastings
Hauraki
Horowhenua
Hutt City
Kaipara
Kapiti Coast
Kawerau (not found on website)
Manawatu
Masterton
Matamata-Piako
Napier
New Plymouth
Opotiki (pdf) 
Otorohanga
Palmerston North
Porirua
Rangitikei
Rotorua
Ruapehu
South Taranaki
South Waikato
South Wairarapa
Stratford  (website unclear)
Tararua
Taupo
Tauranga
Thames-Coromandel
Upper Hutt (user pays) 
Waikato
Waipa
Wairoa
Waitomo
Wellington
Western Bay of Plenty
Whakatane
Whangarei
Whanganui

SOUTH ISLAND​

Ashburton
Buller
Central Otago 
Chatham Island
Christchurch
Clutha
Dunedin (map of bins)
Gore
Grey
Hurunui
Invercargill
Kaikoura
Mackenzie (page missing from website) 
Marlborough
Nelson/Tasman
Queenstown-Lakes
Selwyn
Southland (Invercargill, Gore & Southland) 
Timaru
Waimakiriri
Waimate
Waitaki
Westland (website unclear)

 

One less green bottle sitting on the wall