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Hibiscusmatters 1 November 2012 | 13 SPRUCE up Call us now for a FREE quote Phone 424 2989 or 021 842 989 • [email protected] www.neatandtidybins.co.nz HOUSEHOLDS • BUILDING SITES • COrpOraTE CONTraCTS a perfect choice for moving house, renovating or just a good tidy up...so easy. We deliver, you fill it, we take it away! Bin sizes: 3m, 4m, 6m & 9m • Domestic or commercial Fast friendly service • Long & short term hire Daily/weekly basis • We service all areas • Competitive rates Locally owned & operated • Rubbish pick up from just $70 Free half hour of labour included Time to throw open the doors and welcome warmer weather with a top to toe tidy up. In this feature we look at recycling and an art project that will spruce up Orewa. Reduce, reuse and recycle should be the plan for any spruce up, but when it comes to the products of the garden industry only the first two of those are possible. Every plant sold in a garden centre comes in some form of plastic container, or with its roots wrapped in black polythene and currently the vast majority of those plastics cannot be recycled. Gardeners’ sheds are typically filled to the brim with unwanted pots, some of which are washed and reused but most of which end up in landfill. A number of alternative pots of varying construction including natural based plastics that break down over time, have come on the market but are not widely used by the industry. Peat pots can be purchased for planting seedlings, but are also not used commercially. NZ Nursery and Garden Industry chief executive John Liddle says the industry is aware that its use of plastics places a burden on the environment. “However, there is no easy fix, and there will not be an overnight solution,” he says. Earlier this year the industry withdrew from a scheme called Gardenwise which was being developed in conjunction with recycling company 3R Group, designed to benefit householders and commercial suppliers. According to 3R Group, plastic has been identified as the biggest solid waste problem for the garden industry, affecting both growers and consumers, who are all faced with the problem of disposing of items such as planter pots, seed trays, ground films, mulch bags and the like. The organisation also says that it is time the industry dealt with the problem, as it has become substantial and consumer attitudes to environmental issues have shifted dramatically in recent times. The 3R scheme aimed to develop a sustainable and practical recovery programme to recycle the large volumes of garden related plastic currently sent to landfill. John says that the NGIA withdrew from the scheme last April “as a result of concerns as to its viability and effectiveness”. A spokesperson from the 3R Group says the organisation continues to work with those in the industry who remain keen to provide a solution for customers. “This is seen as a positive move – based on experience within the industry, we do not feel that a kerbside recycling model for these products will be supported by councils,” the spokesperson says. However, the industry retains a clear preference for having its plastics accepted into council kerbside recycling schemes. John says concerns related to other options include “the costs burden through the supply chain and the ability to either pass these on or absorb them, and the long-term opportunities afforded by biodegradable pots”. “These concerns need to be addressed before we can go on further. It’s a process which we have to work through stage by stage,” John says. Currently the industry is beginning work on its own ‘environmental stewardship programme’, part of which deals with plastics. While this is developed, gardeners’ only option is to reduce the numbers of plants in plastic pots that they purchase, re-use the ones they do purchase and support companies that use biodegradable alternatives as they come on the market. Solution sought for garden plastics 1/3 GEORGE LOWE PLACE PHONE 426 5555 NOVEMBER SPECIALS Makita Lawnmowers from $539 Makita Weedeaters from $329 Makita Chainsaws from $439 Sales, Repairs, Spares - parts for all brands MOWERS • WEEDEATERS • CHAINSAWS SERVICE DEPT SPECIALS Lawnmowers from $79* Weedeaters from $59* * Plus parts OREWA MOWER CENTRE
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    Time to throw open the doors and welcome warmer weather with a top to toe tidy up. In this feature we look at recycling and an art project that will spruce up Orewa.

    Reduce, reuse and recycle should be the plan for any spruce up, but when it comes to the products of the garden industry only the first two of those are possible.Every plant sold in a garden centre comes in some form of plastic container, or with its roots wrapped in black polythene and currently the vast majority of those plastics cannot be recycled. Gardeners sheds are typically filled to the brim with unwanted pots, some of which are washed and reused but most of which end up in landfill.A number of alternative pots of varying construction including natural based plastics that break down over time, have come on the market but are not widely used by the industry. Peat pots can be purchased for planting seedlings, but are also not used commercially.NZ Nursery and Garden Industry chief executive John Liddle says the industry is aware that its use of plastics places a burden on the environment.However, there is no easy fix, and there will not be an overnight

    solution, he says.Earlier this year the industry withdrew from a scheme called Gardenwise which was being developed in conjunction with recycling company 3R Group, designed to benefit householders and commercial suppliers. According to 3R Group, plastic has been identified as the biggest solid waste problem for the garden industry, affecting both growers and consumers, who are all faced with the problem of disposing of items such as planter pots, seed trays, ground films, mulch bags and the like.The organisation also says that it is time the industry dealt with the problem, as it has become substantial and consumer attitudes to environmental issues have shifted dramatically in recent times.The 3R scheme aimed to develop a sustainable and practical recovery programme to recycle the large volumes of garden related plastic currently sent to landfill.John says that the NGIA withdrew from the scheme last April as a result of concerns as to its viability and effectiveness.

    A spokesperson from the 3R Group says the organisation continues to work with those in the industry who remain keen to provide a solution for customers.This is seen as a positive move based on experience within the industry, we do not feel that a kerbside recycling model for these products will be supported by councils, the spokesperson says.However, the industry retains a clear preference for having its plastics accepted into council kerbside recycling schemes.John says concerns related to other options include the costs burden

    through the supply chain and the ability to either pass these on or absorb them, and the long-term opportunities afforded by biodegradable pots.These concerns need to be addressed before we can go on further. Its a process which we have to work through stage by stage, John says.Currently the industry is beginning work on its own environmental stewardship programme, part of which deals with plastics.While this is developed, gardeners only option is to reduce the numbers of plants in plastic pots that they purchase, re-use the ones they do purchase and support companies that use biodegradable alternatives as they come on the market.

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    Wardrobe clearouts can be a windfall for second hand shops, many of which are constantly surprised at the high quality of the discarded items that come their way.The bonus for people that donate their clothing to a second hand store is that their unwanted items may help raise funds for charity.Many local second hand stores, such as the Hibiscus Coast Community House shop, Salvation Army Store and the various Hospice shops, are in existence to raise funds for community causes.The most recent addition to these stores that have the community at heart is Revival Republic, which was set up eight months ago as a business that trades for a social purpose and community benefit.Among its core objectives is raising funds for the charity Kids Can, which assists children in need throughout the country.Owner Bronwyn McIntyre says Kids Can receives five percent of every sale from the second hand clothing store.As the business becomes more established, we hope to be able to increase the percentage, she says.Store manager, Bronwyns sister Christine, says the reason they chose

    Business has charitable heartKids Can stems from their own upbringing in South Auckland.Our mum did it tough, bringing up nine kids and so we can relate to what those children are going through, Christine says.The store also offers work experience and training, provides affordable goods to budget conscious consumers and increases the rate of re-use and recycling in the community.To achieve our objectives we need to establish ourselves as a well-run, competitive and profitable business while keeping true to our core values, which are to run an ethical and sustainable business that has a truly positive impact on all stakeholders, Bronwyn says.At the moment Christine says the business needs to raise its profile, as its location at 584 Whangaparaoa Road (under Manly Boxing Gym) is not overly visible to traffic speeding by.However, the public is supporting the enterprise by donating wearable clothing to the bin outside The Plaza Whangaparaoa, as well as one outside the store itself.A good range of clothing, including some designer labels and childrens clothing is stocked. Christine is always looking for more, including things like school uniforms, which she says, are sold as soon as they become available.Bronwyn says she would love to hear from people who share Revival Republics core values.If there are people who would like to help us to shape a business where profit can do the greatest good, we would love it if they got in touch especially if they can assist with displays, marketing or mentoring.Info: ph 428 1825 or email [email protected]

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    A chance to bring out your inner artist is on offer at Estuary Arts Centre next week with the introduction of two large interactive community art boards.Centre exhibition manager David Poole instigated the Faces of Auckland project as part of a Landmark Education programme.He says the idea is for members of the community to paint a self-portrait on A4 size pieces of plywood. These will be mounted on two 2.5m x 1.2m boards positioned on the grassed area in front of Estuary Arts Centre.The project begins on November 10, with the launch of the boards by Local Board chair Julia Parfitt, after which anyone, including children, can use the paint supplied by Dulux and Gordon Harris to complete a painting.David says no artistic expertise is required, as its all about taking part and having fun.Its certainly not about doing a perfect portrait anyone can take part

    and the portraits can be abstract or representative.Artists, including Heather Matthews, Andy Hamilton and Linley Quinlan, will be on hand to provide ideas and assistance.The community painting will be put into a power point DVD that will be available from the centre.The paintings will remain in place for two months, after which the boards will be painted white.Members of the community with an idea in mind can approach the arts centre and paint the boards, although David stresses they are not to be used as advertising billboards.Its about empowerment. This will be an ongoing project for as long as the community wants it to. We are confident that the community will respect it and not damage the boards.Faces of Auckland self portrait painting Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa November 10, 10.30am4pm

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