Waste is a problem in the Coromandel. In March 2021 a waste audit was done in our district on blue kerbside rubbish bags. The waste audit found that in our blue Council kerbside rubbish bags: Together, let's fight the landfill By composting our food waste, recycling our glass, plastic and paper and taking old furniture, household items and clothes to a charity store or recovery centre, we can drastically reduce the amount of waste we are sending to landfill. It takes a community, one wrong item in your recycling and all the recycling from your street could be dumped into landfill instead of correctly disposed of. Did you know that if a used disposable nappy or other forms of hazardous or obnoxious waste is found in your recycling, potentially the entire wheelie bin of recycling, or the whole truck load, will be taken to landfill because of the contamination. So, double check what you are putting into your recycling wheelie bins and glass crates. How we can fight the landfill Composting Recycling Refuse Transfer Stations Thames Seagull Centre Coromandel Town Goldmine Recycling Centre Another way that we can minimise waste is to use up those pesky leftovers that sit in the back of the fridge. Some of our favourite recipes are: Potato, kumara and beef hash Cheesy potato bombs Leftover mashed potato bread cups Cheesy chicken and rice casserole More recipes from some of our locals are: Waiomu Beach Cafe's farmhouse pie Luke's Kitchen pickle Blue Ginger Cafe's blue ginger pork and fennel dumplings Hazardous Waste Hazardous waste is one of the biggest issues in our district. Lightbulbs, batteries and old phones, tablets and laptops are materials that often end up in the rubbish that could go elsewhere. What do I do with my batteries? Batteries can be dangerous if placed in with your general waste. Lithium batteries, especially, pose a fire risk. We ask that you take any old used batteries to your local RTS. How can I get rid of asbestos? Please find an authorised contractor to remove your asbestos. There is nowhere in our district where asbestos can be disposed of. The nearest place is Envirowaste in Hampton Downs. What do I do with old and used lightbulbs? Old lightbulbs can be dropped off at your local RTS to be disposed of correctly. Where do I take old TVs, phones, iPads, tablets and laptops? These items are called e-waste (electronic waste). Please do not dispose of these in with your general waste. Most of these items have lithium inside them which is a fire risk if put through a compactor in a truck or waste facility. Old screens contain toxic elements and some old TVs and computers have mercury components.Our RTSs can not take e-waste. Instead, take these items to the Seagull Centre in Thames which will take them for a koha. Some Noel Leeming shops will accept e-waste. Check their website for the nearest location. Competition As part of our Council's August waste campaign, we are giving away a compost kit complete with everything you need to start composting your kitchen scraps (pictured right). During August, we'll be asking you questions and to give your tips on recycling, composting and using up your leftovers. To enter, find a giveaway post on our Facebook Page and comment the answer. Every comment is an entry. The winner will be drawn and contacted on Friday 27 August. Here are the questions that have been asked: What items don't belong in your recycling wheelie bins? Find the giveaway here Contact Us If you have any questions about where you can get rid of any of your old, used or broken waste please call one of our District's RTS and they can let you know the best place to dispose of your waste. If you have any questions about our kerbside collections call our customer services team on 07 868 0200.