Exploring Waste Management

Exploring Waste Management

Selwyn Timebank head to ReDiscover Waste and Sustainability Centre.

A group from Selwyn Timebank recently visited the ReDiscover Waste and Sustainability Centre outside of Rolleston. An introduction to how different materials break down in a natural environment led down a different pathway for the intended workshop!

There was great interest in how our waste is managed. What can and can’t be recycled? What needs to be thrown away? What is considered green waste? There were many questions and quite a few surprises for those who attended. The means of separating into three groups (landfill, recyclable and green waste) was discussed. Some items were assumed to be recyclable, but the answer was a sure no on a closer look at what it was made from. Other things could be recycled because what it was made from would ultimately be separated. A video was watched on this whole process – and what a lengthy process it is! The results of the formation of landfills and what happens to recycled materials were also presented.

A guided tour was embarked upon of the Pines Resource Recovery Park, where areas are highly organised into recyclable material and other waste. In the soon-to-be future, a second-hand store will be open to the public along with other possible exciting plans, in the hope it will become a central hub for helping to recover the environment. There is already a community garden underway which has become a valuable educational resource.

Finally, the visit included making beeswax wraps to take home.

There is so much to learn about what we can do better in our own homes. Each participant admitted that they learnt something new and will endeavour to put into practice what they took on board. A visit to this place is a definite must – there will be another Selwyn Timebank group going soon!

Making Beeswax Wraps

Tour of the Recovery Park

To find out more, get in touch with Fiona, Selwyn Timebank Coordinator

03 423 0456


Timebanks Connect

Timebanks Connect

Selwyn Timebank and Mid-Canterbury Timebank Get Together

Let’s get the Timebanks meeting!

An idea was sparked between Fiona, the coordinator of Selwyn Timebank, and Kate, the Mid-Canterbury Timebank coordinator. They decided to get folk from the timebanks to meet together in Rakaia at the end of January.

Seventeen people gathered in the Salmon Tales Cafe and enjoyed some drinks and nibbles while they met each other and enjoyed getting to know one another.

It was a challenge to pull them away from their conversations, however, the next visit was to the Rakaia Village Green where Dorothy Knight talked about the establishment of this beautiful garden and walkway several years ago. Meandering along the pathway we learnt more about what has been planted there, and the great need for more volunteers to help Dorothy maintain the garden.

Some of the group decided to walk a longer loop via the Rakaia Primary School grounds. Dorothy showed the edible patch that had been planted by herself, as well as the big tomatoes growing in the hot house – ready for the children when they returned to school. The school principal joined in with the discussion and marveled at how having this garden had helped the children, physically as well as emotionally.


Selwyn Timebank Coordinator

The timebanks plan to meet together again soon for future events! Get in touch to find out more about timebanking.