Waste Minimisation Projects @ CReW
In 2018 CReW identified an opportunity to offer community education and engagement regarding waste minimisation.
Whakatane District Council indicated that they would be supportive of CReW taking on a more proactive role in educating and engaging with the community about waste minimisation.
At this time the view was that more general waste prevention and reduction engagement would be more successful if it is community-driven, and is designed and delivered by the community.
CReW interacts with many members of the community on a daily basis and identified this as a potential area to expand into.
Whakatane Community Waste Minimisation Educational Programme
In 2018 CReW created a new Project Lead role to develop and implement a Waste Minimisation Educational Programme, and received some funding from Whakatane District Council and BayTrust.
Bridget Thornton was hired as the Project Lead over an 18 month period to develop and implement stage 1 of a set of Waste Minimisation Projects which included:
A CReW Website Upgrade with the aim to:
Reach a broader audience
Create a user friendly, up to date website which informs the public about CReW and its core values.
Create a comprehensive online information hub about CReW’s upcoming events, workshops, tours, products etc.
Direct the general public to links with other organisations, interest groups or to the people/organisations that CReW supports, collaborates or partners with.
Inform the general public about useful waste minimisation strategies
Write regular blogs on waste minimisation news, events and projects at both CReW and within the Eastern Bay community.
Link to CReW’s FB page which has regular educational tips on ways to REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE RECOVER REPAIR household waste therefore expanding awareness on the five R principles
A huge thanks to Law Creative who designed and built our new website and also a huge thanks to BayTrust and the Whakatane District Council who supported this project.
Development of Hubs at CReW
In 2018-19 a Composting/Sustainable Gardening Hub was developed in an outdoor community area of CReW. Static and live composting systems were made from donated construction materials ie; a worm farm, raised garden beds, composting systems. Two Pou Whakaaro Micro Businesses were also set up in this area during this time. (See images) CReW also partnered with the Whakatane District Council by showcasing a range of subsidised composting kits for Whakatane district residents to encourage reduction of food waste in their homes.
2018/19 Community Led Waste Minimisation WORKSHOPS @ CReW
During this time a set of Community Led Educational Workshops at CReW where initiated focusing specifically on waste minimisation:
In conjunction with the development of the Sustainable Gardening Hub, a set of free composting workshops were developed and ran at CReW by local gardening specialist, Louise Shaw. Three workshops where offered: an introduction to home composting and the science behind it, a worm farming workshop and a bokashi workshop. This set of workshops where supported by the Whakatane District Council.
Other waste minimisation/upcycling workshops were also run during this period
2018/19 Collectables Hub
A new Collectibles Hub was also developed and led by Bridget Thornton for higher value items for resale. Today you will find a treasure trove of curiosities, antiques and collectible items that have been donated by the community to CReW, and like all CReW’s customers, collector’s can still find a reasonably priced item.
Aims of the new Hubs at CReW
Expands general waste and environmental education to the community
Encourages the community to upcycle and to compost at home.
Communicates RECOVERY; REUSE; RECYCLE; UPCYCLE; REDUCE messages.
Highlights collectible items donated to CReW.
Pou Whakaaro/CReW’s active composting systems and worm farming systems helps both organisations become closer to being ‘Zero Waste’ businesses.
Promotes diversion of resources from landfill.
2018/19 CReW’S Local School Mural Competition incorporating important Waste Minimisation Themes
This community project attracted 91 entries from six local schools in the Eastern Bay region being: Trident High, Whakatane High, Nukuhou North School, Awakeri School, St Joseph’s Whakatane and the Kaitiaki Kadets. 22 entries where chosen as finalists by local muralist Maree White. Six large murals were then painted by the 22 finalists which are now showcased on CReW’s shipping containers at the inwards area of CReW. Prizes were judged by Maree White and the Whakatane District Council’s Solid Waste Manager, Nigel Clarke. This project was supported by the WDC and BayTrust.
Aims of the Mural Container Project
To involve local schools in a project that helps raise more awareness of waste minimisation strategies, both within schools and within the community
To encourage more diversion of reusable ‘waste items’ from the waste stream to CReW by creating a visually exciting container mural which will make CReW’s inwards area more visible from the street
Further helps to promote CReW as a place for re-useable resources drop-offs for those heading to the Transfer Station.
Sends a strong visual waste minimisation message on valuing our environment
2018 Upcycling Projects Made by Local Artisans/Craftsmen were Showcased @ Crew during 2018 National Recycling Week
2018/19 Upcycled Objects and Furniture @ Crew
A range of upcycled garden sculptures and furniture were also made for display and resale in the CReW shop during this time. Since then customer’s upcycling projects have been showcased regularly on the CReW FB page - which act as ideas for others, whilst also encouraging the REUSE ethic.