South Taranaki District Sustainable Living Info

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South Taranaki District Council is working to support the delivery of Future Living Skills courses in 2021.

Please contact the STDC Environment and Sustainability team for more information (, 0800 111 323).

Minimising waste

  • Recycling: Check out what can and cannot be recycled in South Taranaki’s kerbside collection. The same materials can also be recycled for free at South Taranaki’s transfer stations. (Note that plastic containers with the number 1, 2 & 5 in the recycling triangle can go in your kerbside recycling bin. The Council will no longer take plastics 3, 4, 6 & 7 for recycling.)
  • South Taranaki District Council has developed the STDC Rubbish & Recycling mobile app to help our communities manage rubbish and recycling. This app is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about what can and cannot be recycled in South Taranaki. The app is available free on any app store (both Android or iPhone) and can be found by searching ‘STDC rubbish and recycling’.
  • Green waste collection: South Taranaki District Council offers a voluntary green bin collection service. Green bins can accept garden green waste as well as food scraps.
  • E-waste such as computers, monitors, TVs, printers and phones can be dropped off for recycling at the Hawera transfer station for a small fee. This fee is subsidised by South Taranaki District Council.
  • Event waste minimisation: Will you be hosting a large event in South Taranaki? If so, reach out to South Taranaki District Council for support with minimizing the amount of waste your event sends to landfill.
  • Para Kore: The Para Kore programme works with marae to increase the reuse, recycling and composting of materials thereby helping to reduce the extraction of natural resources and raw materials from Papatūānuku. Find Taranaki contact info here.
  • Living plastic free: Here are some handy tips about living without plastic.
  • Soft plastic recycling: Recycling of soft plastics is now available at the Hāwera Countdown. Find out more about soft plastic recycling here.
  • Zero Waste Taranaki: This website provides regional advice for how to reduce, reuse, and recycle across Taranaki.

Waste from Farming

  • AgRecovery: AgRecovery offers pick up and drop off points for unwanted agri-chemicals, agri-chemical containers, used drums, and farm wrapping. Some services are free while fees apply for others. Check out the AgRecovery website for details.
  • Plasback: Plasback provides a collection service for many types of used farm plastics. Fees apply. Check out their website for details.
  • Agricultural pollution, liquid effluents, air emissions - effects are managed by Taranaki Regional Council's resource consenting, monitoring and pollution response processes. (The Council responds 24/7 to environmental incidents to investigate, and clean up pollution and take enforcement action if necessary. To report a pollution incident, call the Council's environmental hotline, 0800 736 222)  Read about resource consents here.

Food and shopping choices

  • Local food growers, producers, and makers: Sustainable Taranaki provides a list of local food growers, producers, and makers in the Taranaki region.
  • Farmers market: The Hāwera Saturday Market features local farmers and food producers. Located in the Hāwera Town Square every Saturday from 7.30am to 12.00pm.
  • Crop Swap: Check out Crop Swap to trade home grown produce and homemade foods with other locals. There are a couple of regular Crop Swap events set up in South Taranaki and others in the wider region.
  • Community gardens and orchards: Sustainable Taranaki maintains a list of community gardens and orchards in the Taranaki region.
  • Shop Local to reduce your impact on the environment and support your local community!
  • Love food - hate waste: check out tips to reduce  the amount of food  you send to landfill, and save money.

Warm and dry homes

  • Warmer Homes Scheme: South Taranaki District Council can provide loan funding to support the installation of a clean heat product or installation of insulation in your home. This loan funding incurs interest, which is paid back (over nine years) through your property’s rates. You get the benefit from the first winter!

Water conservation & water quality

Resilience: Civil defence and emergency management

Additional resources

  • Sustainable Taranaki: This organisation supports a variety of environmental and sustainability efforts throughout the Taranaki region.
  • Enviroschools: Enviroschools is an environmental action-based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country. There are many Enviroschools in South Taranaki.
  • Zero Waste Education: an organisation that delivers waste minimisation education programmes in schools throughout New Zealand. They are active in South Taranaki.
  • Roadmap 2050: The Taranaki Roadmap 2050 provides a framework for the Taranaki region to reach a low emissions future. Development of the Roadmap was led by Venture Taranaki.

Access the Learning Materials

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Become a Course Facilitator

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