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), Repair Revolution events, Low Waste Living workshop series, Plastic Free July, business waste minimisation advice and Slow Fashion Month which focuses on the issues we all face with fast fashion.
Wastebusters Resourceful Communities Project is proudly supported by Queenstown Lakes District Council Zero Waste District Programme.
2023 Resourceful Communities survey
Read the 2023 Resourceful Communities Survey results summary here.
Read the 2023 Resourceful Communities Survey results full report here.
We survey 919 people from Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago in June and July 2023, and released our findings in September 2023.
Our survey found that despite the challenges posed by the cost of living crisis, the majority of people are still choosing to reuse and reduce. Notably, there was an upturn in the frequency of secondhand shopping (68% always or usually, compared to 55% in 2021). Across many behaviours there were similar results to previous years, showing how these behaviours are now habits and “just what we do here”. We also found a significant upturn in the frequency of the use of reusable period products, this was especially so in the age groups 25 – 34 and 35 – 44 where over 50% of respondents said they “always” or “usually” use these products, a 36% and 40% shift from the 2021 survey.
Thanks to everyone who took part! We have gleaned some great insights into our community’s behaviours and concerns and will use this to inform our future campaigns, initiatives and resources.
2021 Resourceful Communities survey
In 2021, we asked people in Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes about a range of behaviours from taking your own cup or container, to refilling and repairing, all with the aim of identifying the barriers that prevent people from reducing and reusing. 1,003 of you responded!
As in 2019, the results underline people’s deep concern for our environment and the impact that our choices are making.
It is now the norm in Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes for people to use their own bag or bottle, with 96% and 92% respectively, always or usually doing so. Bring Your Own (BYO) cups are a little behind with 57% of people in the wider survey area always or usually doing this, but an outstanding 72% of Wānaka residents have given up take-away cups!
Wastebusters has gleaned some great insights into our community’s behaviours and concerns as well as how far we have come since 2019 when we first undertook the survey. Thank you again!
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.