Tasman & Nelson Sustainable Living Info
Welcome residents in Tasman District and in Nelson City!
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For information on living more sustainably - in addition to the page below:
Tasman, click here.
Tasman District joined Sustainable Living Education Trust in July 2016 and were followed by Nelson in January 2018. Your two local contacts are Nichola Brydon at Tasman Council email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Karen Lee, Environmental Programs Supervisor at email@example.com (03 546 0200)
Join with others to develop your skills to grow the best vegetables, fruit and herbs for yourself and others. Please make contact using the links below:
- Motueka Community Garden
- Richmond Community Garden
- Brightwater Community Garden
- Takaka Organic Community Gardens (FB page not active recently)
- Golden Bay Community Organic Gardens – & Seed Exchange. GB Sustainable Living Centre have website, run permaculture courses.
- Victory Community Garden, rear of Victory Primary School, Nelson. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 03 546 8389
- Waimarama Community Garden (website) (FB page) Contact: Sally 021 170 9443 or email email@example.com
- Apple Lane Community Garden, Nelson. House 44. Jane 03 547 6055 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardening more sustainably –
Tasman Council website (scroll down page, for gardening)
Nelson urban food growing guide (download PDF)
Nelson's autumn edible walk at Stoke (download PDF)
Permaculture in Nelson Group (P!NG), meet at Free House, fortnightly Tuesdays 7pm Ted Howard 021 2386450 email@example.com or Myk Rushton 0213626564 MeetUp website.
Best Use of Resources
To make the best use of resources we value the resources that we already have and think about the consumer choices we make. If more of the resources we purchase and use are reusable, recyclable and support healthy social structures, we can reduce the need for unnecessary waste. We favour a circular economy.
Great ideas and information can be found around reducing, reusing and recycling on the Nelson Environment Centre’s website
In Nelson City for 'glass blue crate' and wheelie bin kerbside fortnightly collections. Remember to exclude soft plastic packaging and bags, as they can't be recycled at present. Nelson City downloadabe kerbside recycling guide.
Within Tasman, a yellow-lidded mixed recycling bin is provided to each rated residence for recycling card, paper, hard plastics and metal cans; a blue bin is provided for glass collection. These are collected every two weeks. More info on Tasman kerbside collections. (includes downloadable Kerbside Recycling Guide pdf and the timetable).
There are public drop off recycling facilities and waste transfer stations run by Tasman Council at Richmond, Motueka -Mariri, Takaka, Collingwood and Murchison:
- Collingwood Resource Recovery Centre (Transfer Station)
- Motueka Resource Recovery Centre (Transfer Station)
- Murchison Resource Recovery Centre (Transfer Station)
- Richmond Resource Recovery Centre (Transfer Station)
- Takaka Resource Recovery Centre (Transfer Station)
Richmond Resource Recovery Centre
By going through the kiosk, the Richmond Resource Recovery Centre will also take compact fluorescent and energy light bulbs, car batteries, small batteries, left over paint, clean fill or rubble to be recycled. Also whiteware and car bodies can be dropped off for free if you follow requirements. A charge will be incurred if extra removal of items is required. Tyres can be dropped off for a small charge. The metal and sidewalls are removed so these can be then disposed of to landfill. The public drop off area will take used motor oil in sealed containers, empty gas bottles, oil-filled heaters and light and heavy gauge metal - to be recycled.
Electronic Waste is the fastest growing type of waste globally. They contain dangerous substances that can be toxic if not handled correctly. PCs, printers, keyboards, TVs, monitors, cellphones and cameras can be dropped off to the Nelson Environment Centre for a fee. Tahunanui Nelson Re-use and Recycling Centre 6, Vivian Street.
In Tasman, items can be dropped off or bought from Motueka Recycle Depot (used to be Cee Gee’s) on Robinson Road, Mariri, Motueka. Phone: 03 5267000 or email MotRecycleDepot@kinect.co.nz
Selling and gifting
Surplus household items, giftware, tools, toys, books, etc, can find now homes via sales site on the net, or be donated to the Nelson Reuse and Recycling Centre. Other options include: Brightwater community FB, Nelson-Motueka Online Garage Sale , Nelson Buy Sell Swap, and offering free goods via Neighbourly.
Waste free parenting
Find out about modern cloth nappies: The Nappy Lady
Waste Free events:
Greenwaste to Zero
Green garden waste can be taken to 18 Cargill Place, off Beach Road in Richmond for a charge. Greenwaste to Zero sells this resource as fabulous compost on a 2-3 year composting cycle. Ph. 03 544 8857
If you cannot recycle or re-use it – use the transfer stations as above in Murchison, Collingwood, Takaka, Motueka (Mariri) and Richmond. All of these wasted resources go to the landfill in Eves Valley !
Rubbish to landfill & hazardous wastes
In Nelson: hazardous waste from your home must be taken to the Transfer Station instead of going out with your rubbish, including:
- Plant and pest sprays
- Waste oil
- LPG bottles
- Household chemicals
- Paints and wood stains
- Fluorescent light bulbs and batteries - refer to the manufacturers' advice
To find out if substances and wastes from households, commercial properties and businesses or farm or rural sites are hazardous and need careful disposal, do check out the Council options and services. Also see Agrecovery.
Love Food Hate Waste
The best ways to keep healthy are also good for our pockets and our environment. Here's some ideas links on making the most of your food budget and reducing waste:
Tasman Love Food Hate Waste webpage
Nelson Love Food Hate Waste webpage.
Nelson Environment Centre run Kai Rescue that collects unsellable but perfectly edible food and distributes it to the community
Nelson Women's Centre - My Grandmothers Kitchen
Water Use and Impacts
Water meter checking - find leaks, in town.
Nelson City tips on water use efficiency.
Recipes for environment-friendly cleaners and household products you can make yourself - from Nelson Council.
Community Resilience & Emergency Preparedness
Civil Defence operations are jointly shared between Nelson City, Tasman District Council, Tasman Civil Defence.
Check out what you need and what you can do to be prepared for any emergencies
Find out about what you can do for a range of different possible emergenies or events to 'get thru' during and afterwards.
Tsunami evacuation area maps are available online
Energy Efficiency at home
Nelson City provides a free service to residents for building design and advice around energy efficiency, including how to keep your home warm and dry. Contact Richard Popenhagen on 03 546 0251 or email: Richard.Poppenhagen@ncc.govt.nz. Further information can be found at Nelson Eco-building design advisor
Tasman page on clean heating, good wood and air quality.
Solar power generation (photo-voltaics) is gaining popularity here, in the sunniest spot in New Zealand: do a site search on the internet for the many local companies and seek competitive quotes. NIWA have a calculator to estimate your solar PV potential. You can be grid-connected or at higher cost completely off-grid.(requires batteries and more care in power use). Works best if you have a good area of north-facing roof slope.
Travelling around Nelson and Tasman
Cars pollute the atmosphere and waterways. Each moving car releases about 74 million cubic litres of polluted air in its lifetime. Pollutants include:
- Smoke particles - soot is worse from desiel engines
- Carbon monoxide and dioxide - global warming gases
- Nitrogen and Sulphur dioxides - acidic gases
- Ozone - combines with sulphur dioxide to make irritating summer smog
- Tiny particles of rubber and brake lining (often includes copper) left on road surfaces, which wash into waterways.
So share car travel if you drive, and also check out alternatives:
Public transport options:
Other sustainable transport options:
Tasman walking and cycling.
Find maps for great cycling paths to see around the district, on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail at
Extra info on Sustainability in Tasman and Nelson
Enviroschools is a facilitated Programme for schools and early childhood centres choosing a journey for their children and community, of becoming more sustainable. In Tasman this Programme has been supported by Tasman District Council since 2004. Contact the Regional Coordinator and check out more about the Programme
Info for parents of small children on sustainability. (download PDF for parents of preschoolers)
Check out the Council and Community Libraries in the Tasman District for reading material and videos which may help your efforts.
Similary, Nelson libraries
Nelson Council sustainability at home webpage - for more links.
There are many community groups which voluntarily support environmental efforts in Tasman District Council
Nelson Environment Centre can help you connect with city-based groups
Environmental interest gatherings
TOTSEE – is the Top of the South Environmental Educators group, usually meets once a term.