2 July 2019
Recycling Collection Service
What goes in your green bin?
  • Clean plastics types 1 and 2 (No lids)
  • Clean tins/cans
  • Clean glass bottles and jars
  • Paper and cardboard
Place on the kerbside by 8am on collection day (Tuesday: Piopio, Mokau/Awakino, Waitomo ward/Village. Friday: Te Kuiti). Large volumes of recycling must be taken to the Transfer Station. For more information phone our Customer Services Team.
Local government shapes the place that you live. It’s the footpaths you walk on, the roads where you drive, the water in your shower, and the parks, libraries and swimming pool where you take the kids. It’s also about culture, events, economic development and much more. We urge you to enrol to vote in the upcoming 2019 local government elections. 

You can find out more about the elections, how to enrol and how to become a candidate on our website here.
DC Tynan Trust Fund – applications now open!
The DC Tynan Trust was established for the purpose of making disbursements from a very generous bequest made to the former Te Kuiti Borough Council by the late Daniel Circuit Tynan.

The trustees of the DC Tynan Trust invite applications from community organisations within the Te Kuiti Urban Ward that are involved in the delivery or support of social, cultural, educational and recreational activities.  Priority will be given to projects of a capital nature.

Applications must be received by 5pm, 1st August 2019. 

Please read our Community Development Fund Policy to check your eligibility or contact the friendly Customer Services team on 0800 932 4357 for further assistance.

Application forms and policy details are available on our website here.
Update on Community Service maintenance work
We maintain our public spaces and assets to keep them in good condition for the benefit of our communities.   The following work has been recently completed.
  • Cleaning the grandstand (canopy) at the Aquatic Centre.
  • Painting the exterior of the Waitomo District Library.
  • Installing bollards on a walkway in Benneydale.
  • Creation of a half-basketball court in the recreation space on Eketone Street, Te Kuiti.
  • Maintenance of the Mokau public toilets.
  • Pruning of the perimeter hedge at Marokopa Camping Ground.
Over the next few weeks we will be installing new stage curtains at the Les Munro Centre, and improving part of the cladding on the Jennings Street side of the facility.
Reduce food waste, save money and make the most of our valuable resources!
$644 a year 
Estimated annual cost of avoidable food waste per New Zealand household ($12.38 per week).
Of the contents of an average WDC kerbside rubbish bag is organic material (mainly kitchen waste).
Reducing the amount of food wastewe create at home will conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy, and save money on rubbish disposal costs.
Households can reduce food waste by measures such as:
  • Better planning of food purchases and meal planning. 
  • Storing food correctly to keep it fresher for longer.
  • Ensuring waste foods are compostedwhere appropriate for use in the garden or fed to domestic animals (such as pigs).
This is an opportunity to reduce the amount of plastic you and your family use.  Kiwis use over one billion lightweight shopping bags a year. Plastic shopping bags are now banned so make sure to keep your reusable shopping bags in the back of your car.  Cotton produce bags are great for your fruit and vegetables. Here are a few handy tips to help you go plastic free this month without wasting any food.

Tip 1: Plan your meals and make a shopping list including the BYO containers that you will need to take for use in areas like seafood, bakery, delicatessen, butchery or bulk food stores.

Tip 2: Label all of your storage containers in your pantry so you don’t accidentally reach for the baking soda when you are after the salt!

Tip 3: Make the most of what you already have. Plastic Free July is about sustainable living so if you already have a good collection of plastic airtight containers, continue to use them rather than tossing them out in favour of glass containers. Honeywraps can be a useful investment particularly for wrapping sandwiches or covering bowls in your fridge. Find out how to make your own here.

Tip 4: Store food correctly. If your food isn’t in plastic it may not last as long, so you’ll need to make sure that you are storing it in the right place. Keeping apples in the fridge makes them last 8 times longer. 

Check out more tips to reduce food waste at www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz
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