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Reducing our impact on the environment

Zero Waste

We are trying to reduce the impact on the environment of Spring into Tawa. In 2020, we have started a journey to reduce the amount of waste that the event generates.

To do this we will:

  • Ask stallholders not to use single-use plastic bags to package items sold at the festival
  • Ask food trucks and those selling food at the event to, where possible, use locally compostable, reusable and recyclable packaging for food and drinks
  • Encourage those attending the event to bring their coffee “keep cup”, re-usable shopping bags and refillable water bottles
  • Have free water filling stations located at the event – download the Refill My Bottle app to help locate water stations on the day

We are partnering with Organic Wealth, thanks to the support of Wellington City Council, to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Organic Wealth have developed our plan to reduce waste and will manage a team of volunteers to help people dispose of their rubbish in the right bin, and to sort the rubbish.

Those selling food are asked, where possible, to use locally compostable, reusable or recyclable packaging for their food and drinks. This includes containers, plates, cups, cutlery and napkins. To be compostable, the packaging must be accepted by Wellington City Council's Capital Compost Facility.

Here is the guide of approved products.

We appreciate this is a change in 2020 and we ask stallholders to adopt this approach where possible.

This is the start of a journey for Spring into Tawa – we would love to hear your ideas on how we can continue to reduce our impact on the environment. Email us or reach out on Facebook or Instagram with your ideas, or if you’d like to help us on this journey!


Refill your bottle, reduce plastic waste, inspire.

Accessed through the mobile app, the RefillMyBottle map shows you nearby locations where you can refill your water bottle for free or minimum fee. Look for RefillMyBottle stickers in the windows of shops, cafes, galleries and other businesses!


Be a Refiller not a Landfiller.

At RefillNZ, we’re on a mission to help people live more sustainably - in ways that are easy and good for the planet and us, by reducing plastic pollution at source. In New Zealand we throw away an estimated 168 single use plastic bottles each every year. Adding to our huge landfills and contributing to the plastic pollution in our oceans, killing marine animals and getting into the fish we eat.

RefillNZ aims to change that by making it easier to find FREE tap water in cafes, other biz’, council venues and public drinking fountains. So carrying a reusable bottle and refilling with tap water becomes the new norm again (!).

Participating ‘sites’ have a RefillNZ sticker in their window – to show that they are a Refill station and you’re welcome to come on in and fill up your bottle – for free!

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