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Towards a Zero Waste Devonport

Every year we send more than 1.6million tonnes of waste to landfill in Auckland. That’s the equal to one tonne per person, and according to data collected 44% of Aucklanders still don’t think about the waste they generate. Auckland Council is working hard to change this and has an aspirational vision of zero waste by 2040. This ‘towards zero waste’ way of thinking is spreading. Devonport is no different and some may be interested to learn that the Peninsula has been a little ahead of the game when it comes to minimising the environmental impact of its community.

In May 1977 the first roadside recycling collection was established and residents were asked to put their bottles and cans into cardboard boxes and wooden crates to leave at the gate on their normal collection days. If you didn’t want to reveal your drinking habits to your neighbours, then you could simply drop your bottles off at the recycling depot! Easy as that. This Devonport Messenger is about our aspiration to be a zero waste community – and a celebration of what’s already taking place…
 
Businesses Lead the Charge in Waste Minimisation

More and more of our Devonport Businesses are doing their bit to reduce waste and look after our environment, making easy changes where possible, and making hard ones too. Glengarry only offer paper, Devonport Flowers has set up a Nespresso capsule recycling point instore, Devonport Alterations offers eco-friendly dry-cleaning, The Living Room Cafe avoid packaging altogether and Karavan Delicatessen offer only compostable packaging that they're happy to take back and have composted with their food waste.

It's tough making changes such as these that increase cost of overheads or even worse, turn off customers, however these businesses have made a stand and we support them. We’re particularly proud of John Ashton and his supermarket Devonport New World who became the first New World in New Zealand to say, ‘Bags Not’ on August 1st substituting plastic bags at the check out with hardy paper options or a range of affordable reusables. The path has been set and we can't wait to see what other changes will soon be made in Devonport Village

 
PARK(ing) Day Devonport, Friday 21st September

International PARK(ing) Day is an annual event that encourages the redesign of carparks in town centres for something a little better than a single vehicle, for human interaction! It is now universally accepted that quality town centres include quality public spaces and International PARK(ing) Day is an opportunity to test that theory. Led by our resident architectural practices, Devonport’s businesses are jumping on board and commandeering 18 parks around the village to establish a children’s play area, outdoor fitness testing, an al fresco barber, a segway station, a reading nook, art installations and exhibitions. Welcome to Devonport’s International Park(ing) Day.

Friday September 21st, 7am-7pm - part of the NZIA Festival of Architecture. 

 
Join the Zero Waste Devonport Movement

A community-led movement has begun in Devonport with residents and business owners working together to minimise waste and change behaviour. Members of the 100+ strong group spent a recent evening together upstairs at the Ferry Terminal Building co-lab space creating the road map towards zero waste in a collaborative workshop. If you would like to join the group or be kept informed of projects and actions either enter your email here, or follow this page.

 
Simon gives Zero Waste Devonport a Pure Advantage

The current Zero Waste Devonport movement within the community began when a single person posted images on social media of waste created from a Lion’s Game in 2017 that was strewn around Devonport. As it happens, that single person, Simon Millar, is the Executive Director of Pure Advantage.org, a not-for-profit that investigates and promotes opportunities for green growth in New Zealand. With a Board of Trustees that includes Sir Stephen Tindall, Sir Mark Solomon and Philipp Mills (of Les Mills) Pure Advantage is a formidable force and resonating voice in the Nation-wide environmental movement.
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Devonport's First Fleet of Electric Vehicles - Magic Broomstick Segways

Pauline Baker, owner and operator of Magic Broomstick Tours, has been gliding around Devonport since 2008, leading groups on Segway Personal Transporters. If you've always had a Segway ride on your list of things to do, then now's the chance to take up an Auckland locals 15% off tours this spring. 
We talk to Pauline about her business and why you need to get your family down here and take them for a spin…

 
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From the Devonport Business Association and BID Manager, Toni van Tonder
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