What is the Resourceful Communities project?
The Resourceful Communities project aims to make the link between global work on the circular economy and local reduction and reuse activities and initiatives. We aim to show how people’s everyday decisions and actions around simple things like clothing, appliances and single use plastics can make a real difference. Our Resourceful Communities work includes the Community Survey (see below), the Repair Revolution, Plastic Free July, and the Six Items Challenge which focuses on the issues with fast fashion.
Financial support for this project has been received from the Waste Minimisation Fund which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment and from Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Waste Minimisation Plan implementation funds.
2019 Resourceful Communities survey
Wastebusters study of barriers to waste reduction and reuse in Central Otago, released in November 2019, reveals people are deeply concerned about their environmental impact. It’s now the social norm to carry our own bag and bottle, and more than 50% of us take our own coffee cup. The main barrier to reuse is forgetfulness.
Most people wanted businesses to help them reduce their environmental impact. The majority of respondents were keen to see BYO containers encouraged, a reduction in packaging, and businesses reducing and recycling their own waste.
The survey was answered by 675 people. The insights will be used in future campaigns and initiatives, to create helpful workshops and further online resources, and to target Wastebusters activities for maximum waste reduction impact.