How does one small Waikato town recycle nearly all its consumer waste?

Residents in the North Island beachside town of Raglan recycle 76% of all their waste.

How do they do it?

Through kerbside sorting, dedicated recycling and a public education campaign.

Locals can drop their rubbish off, sort it themselves, or leave it on the kerbside to be collected.

"There's four elements to the project - social, cultural, economic and environmental. So many people support one of thos elements or all four of those elements."

It's all run by Xtreme Zero Waste - they employ 28 people, and turn over $1.5 million a year.

"They like to see locals employed and running on the back of a truck, or they enjoy to think that reducing plastic and recycling actually improves the environment."

It says New Zealanders can all recycle more - so our rubbish doesn't go to waste.

Video courtesy of Fair Go.


Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand

Raglan boasts the ‘best left hand break’ in New Zealand so if you’re heading there, you’ll want to pack your surfboard and book accommodation in plenty of time if you’re thinking of visiting in the summer months!

The eco-friendly, sustainable, natural Raglan vibe is apparent from the second you arrive and this ethos keeps the community strong and unified. By picking up after yourself, you’ll be adding to the ‘Raglan Experience’ and will keep the beach town clean and green for the next generation.

The town’s population swells 300-400% in the summer months so accommodation is in hot demand.

Some of the most unique businesses in New Zealand are based in Raglan.

Xtreme Zero Waste is the local recycling mecca and is a handyman or bargain hunter’s paradise. Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, winner of best Micro Business at the Waikato business Awards in 2016 has developed an allergy-friendly option for yoghurt lovers.

Click here to view our fact sheet on Raglan.

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