Waste not! Want not!
Can you give your unwanted materials away to be put to new use, rather than consign them to landfill?
Can you source what you need from waste materials without having to purchase?
The dozens of 'temporary gardens' built by charity Greening the Rubble on demolition sites across Christchurch, post-eqarthquakes, were made from recycled materials such as pallets, building materials and scrap metals. This is part of an international movement that makes funky community places out of derelict or vacant lots, or even parking spaces.
The No-Throw Waste Exchange website helps connect unwanted materials in the North Island NZ with new owners. 22 Councils are involved - read more here. Free registration. Business to business exchanges in Auckland can use Renew website.
The Free Resources Waste Exchange, sponsored by the Dunedin City Council, provides companies the FREE advertising opportunity to divert surplus, waste or by product materials from ending up in the landfill.
Before you chuck something, imagine it having a new user, and offer it for free on Freecycle NZ or at low or no cost on Trade Me or its competitors.
If you need more ideas on avoiding landfill and on recycled goods to buy, see the inspiring Rubbish Free Guide.