Hutt at Heart
Waste tips from our community

Our community contributes to reducing waste

We’ve had an incredible response to the “Let’s Sort Out Waste” campaign with over 16,000 visitors to Sort Waste and over 700 locals enter the prize draw. It’s been great to see the community so keen to contribute tips and tricks to help others live a life with less waste.

In June, Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council launched the campaign and website to help residents across the Hutt Valley think about reducing waste. The website profiles local community members on their journey to reduce waste, and provides easy ideas for low-waste living.

The quiz test allows you to test your waste knowledge and contribute your own ideas. Check out the quiz you’d like to test yourself on waste reduction.

Prizes up for grabs included:
  • two refurbished Toshiba detachable screen ultrabooks from Remarkit
  • two $500 Mitre10 vouchers
  • four green waste wheelie bin subscriptions from Waste Management
  • goodie bags, including beeswax wraps, reusable produce bags and GoBamboo biodegradable toothbrushes and more.

A massive thanks to all our sponsors for their support. Find the list of major winners here.

Tips from the community to help you on your journey

These are just a few of the many tips we received from the community, who are clearly passionate about changing how we think about waste in our homes. To find more waste reduction tips and tricks, visit There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned pro or are just starting out on your zero-waste journey.

“I purchase tea leaves and a reusable tea bag so that I can cut out that little extra packaging” – Millie Owen.

  • “Use reusable containers and cloth bags for storage and stop using plastic items if possible”
    – Vesi Leilua- Toilolo.
  • “We grow our own vegetables and make our own bread buying 1 x 25kg flour in a paper bag every 6 months” – Christina Sinai.
  • “We have a one year old, and we’re using cloth nappies, as well as making our own wipes”
    – Cameron Sang.
  • “ I have a cracker bake-off with friends/workmates – try out a cracker recipe to see which turns out best” – Judy Randall.


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