Bill McDonald, ConnectWellington

Consider this … globally, one third of all food is literally thrown away … that’s about 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted every year.

Environmentally this is a killer. Food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides; more fuel used for transportation; and more rotting food, creating more methane – one of the most harmful gases that contributes to climate change.

Closer to home, the average household in New Zealand tosses out 676 kg of waste. Incredibly, NZ is the fourth highest producer of waste per capita.

Of course we can all do our bit to tidy up our own game. Recycling more prodigiously. Self-composting. Or just plain reducing unnecessary purchases.

But a number of colleagues and I believe that we can and need to set a stretch target of not just minimising waste but eliminating it.

We can do this by enticing the best creative, scientific and business minds to do what they do best. Establish enterprises and initiatives to solve problems. Our problem: A mountain of waste literally piling up in Wellingtons landfills.

So that’s why we are establishing the Zero Waste Alliance.

The Zero Waste Alliance is a collaborative network with the mission to champion entrepreneurs and ventures that will drive the Wellington community towards a zero waste goal.

We have three mandates:

  1. Provide tools and expertise to develop funding support behind strategic initiatives
  2. Be a connector of parties in the Zero Waste community
  3. Raise awareness and promote interest in Zero Waste ventures

Sign up as a “Friend of the Zero Waste Alliance”. We’ll send you information of our development, share ideas, get your input and potential participation in initiatives.

To be successful, we need you to be interested and to get behind the Zero Waste Alliance. Spread the word and get in touch!

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