May 2000, Volume 11, Number 4
Innovators nationwide are being asked to put their thinking caps on for this year's Zero Waste Challenge.
The challenge is gaining in popularity each year and is an opportunity for craftspeople, artists, inventors, fashion designers and those blessed with good old Kiwi ingenuity to design ways to reuse and recycle materials currently landfilled," says Wastebusters Trust Canterbury spokesperson Sheryl Stivens.
The challenge, which has more than $800 in prizes, is a major feature of the trust's annual Winter Waste Fest in Ashburton from August 3 to 15.
"With 24 councils throughout New Zealand now adopting Zero Waste, we all need to put our thinking caps on to come up with viable
Previous exhibits include recycled metal garden art, a timber and metal chair and a mosaic bowl crafted from broken antique crockery.
Challenge categories include the most artistic, most creative, garden art and glorious garbage wearable art.
"The aim of the festival is to promote the message that waste is a resource waiting to be discovered through art, creativity and education."
The Waste Fest programme includes a Clean Green Business Award, field trips to local recycling ventures, a worm expo and an organic waste symposium. The keynote address will be by Australia's Director of Commercial Organics, Peter Rutherford.
Wastebusters is a community organisation set up to educate and encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle, and in the process create new jobs. Community Employment has worked closely with Wastebusters, providing assistance and advice.
For more information on the festival or on entering the challenge...
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