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Read on for news, events and information from the Project Twin Streams Glen Eden team. 
Project Twin Streams Glen Eden

Events

Glen Eden Transition Town (GETT) Meeting Mon 9th June 7pm @ Glen Eden Primary School Staff Room (3 Glenview Rd) to discuss all manner of sustainability and community action in our local area.

Last La Rosa Community Planting Day - Don't miss your opportunity to plant a tree as part of this fantastic stream daylighting project.  Saturday 14th June 10-12.30pm.  FREE sausage sizzle, music, and kid's activity.  Hope to see you there, 10 La Rosa Street, Green Bay.
Sunday Arvo @ the Savoy Planting beside the Waikumete Stream Sunday 15th June 1-3pm. This is a regular gathering of keen local neighbours doing Environmental Restoration work in this area. Please bring food to share afterwards. The more the merrier, all welcome.:)

Olive Grove Community Planting Celebration - Saturday 5th July,  10am-1pm @ Verdale Circle off West Coast Rd. An opportunity to have a great community celebration whilst planting beside the Waikumete stream.  Bring your kids, neighbours and community. There will be live music, entertainment and a BBQ.

We have a variety of Ecomatters Workshops coming up including; Ecological Garden Design and insulation demystified. Click here for more info.

Hall of Fame

Manon is our fabulous intern from Germany. She has proved to be extremely versatile and capable; helping us with administration in the office, artistically at events and plenty of mucking in on the stream side. She has sadly just left us after 8 weeks but has decided to stay in Auckland to the end of the year for a working holiday. If anyone has any work oppotunites for her, please let us know.   

Alanah Mullin 
Stream Ranger
09 813 2285
021 308 268

Sam McElwee
Stream Ranger
09 813 2285
021308813

Pamela Gill
Community Coordinator
09 813 2063
021 308 257

Our Streams Our Dreams
May e-pānui

Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai haere mai ki ō tātou e-pānui
Recently the team at Project Twin Streams Glen Eden had the opportunity to visit the waste transfer station which sits beside the Henderson Creek. We found that there were many opportunities to turn waste into resources at home and work, although statistics from the transfer station showed that 53% of kerbside rubbish collection is organic and therefore compostable and a further 25% recyclable.

Many of our Glen Eden residents are already turning organic waste into valuable topsoil in their gardens.  We also like the fact that many Glen Edenites are saying no to plastic bags at the shop.  Plastic bags often get blown around, entering the stormwater system via a drain, from there to the nearest stream and then to the ocean.  They gradually break down into miniscule particles of plastic that is finding it's way into the ocean's food chain, not nice for our sea creatures or anything that relies on them for food.

Surprisingly, 16% of the total rubbish going to landfill is from domestic sources, while a whopping 84% is from commercial sources! Given this we urge all business owners and employees to look at better ways to manage waste including more recycling of materials and separating organic waste, which can be collected separately and taken away to be composted. For example We Compost can  collect food waste from businesses.

      
The realities of our waste left us with a dirty taste.

   

This is what many of our community members are transforming their food scraps and garden waste into, ka pai!

What is Product Stewardship?

Product Stewardship is a ‘cradle to grave' methodology that helps reduce the environmental impact of manufactured products. Under product stewardship schemes, producers, brand owners, importers, retailers, consumers and other parties accept responsibility for the environmental effects of their products – from the time they are produced until the end of their useful life and disposed.

Mitigating the environmental effects a product can have throughout its life cycle can mean resources are used more efficiently and the product's end of life impacts are minimised.  Some or all of the environmental costs from a product, such as inefficient resource use or disposal costs, are included in the product's price. Already we are paying for this cost via rates, taxes, and via people choosing cheaper disposal methods, which still pass environmental costs on to others such as tyres in our streams!

Make submissions for product stewardship in NZ!

The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

During the consultation period, there will be a series of workshops throughout the country with one planned for Auckland on Thursday 12th June 1pm.  This workshop will provide you with a broad overview of what is sought through this consultation and provide the opportunity to answer your questions. Any interested party is welcome to attend.

The submissions for product stewardship close on Wednesday 2nd July at 5pm.  For more information visit the Ministry for the Environment's webpage that explains the process, issues and opportunity to make submissions.
 


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