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May 2000, Volume 11, Number 4

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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...

Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A 'Brilliant' Performance - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Picton Fizzing - Picton Urban Design (January 2000)
Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community - Middlemarch Community (March 2002)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence - Lawrence Summer Arts Festival (March 2003)
Entertainment and Colour - Cuba Street Carnival Trust (January 2004)
Providing Opportunities - Pasifika (July 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)
Other stories about Recycling:
Ingenuity Bales up Rubbish - Innovative Waste (August 2001)
Misplaced Resource - WasteBusters Trust Canterbury (June 2001)
Community Tackles Waste - Central Otago Wastebusters (June 2001)
Partnership Wins Bid - Clean Stream Waiheke Ltd (September 2001)
Vehicle for Learning and Growth... - Turanga Ararau (October 2001)
Wheels of Fortune - Palmerston North Green Bikes Trust (November 2001)
Finding a Green Solution - Southland Community Wastebusters Trust (April 2001)
Conference Zeros In On Waste - Zero Waste NZ Trust (January 2001)
The Road Ahead to Zero - Zero Waste New Zealand Trust (September 2000)
Making Haste for Waste - Nga Tutukitanga o Taieri Trust, Taireri Wastebusters (December 1999)
Creating a Special Place - Mana Community Enterprises Inc (March 2002)
Wasting No Time - Central Otago Recycling Initiative (November 1999)
Make It Easy - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (April 2002)
Celebrating Waste - Mid Canterbury Wastebusters (August 1999)
Generous Community Support - Kaiapoi Community Care and Employment Trust (August 1999)
Looking to a Sustainable Future - Whaingaroa Resource Recovery Trust (August 1999)
Responses to New Project Great - Manukau Urban Maori Authority (April 1999)
Professional and Passionate - X-treme Waste Incorporated (June 2002)
Environmental Gem - EERST (August 2002)
A Good Turn - Innovative Waste Kaikoura (July 2002)
Recycling a Beach - WasteBusters Trust Canterbury (January 2003)
Overcoming Isolation - Matakaoa Charitable Work Trust (April 2003)
Waste Plaza - Palmerston North City Council (July 2003)
Xtreme Success - Xtreme Waste (September 2003)
Confessions of a Treeaholic - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (September 2003)
Green Bag Campaign - Zero Waste New Zealand Trust (November 2003)
The 30-Something Challenge - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (November 2003)
Recycling Resource - Envision New Zealand (November 2003)
Creations from Waste - Kahurangi Employment Trust (May 2004)
Community Provides Key - Wastebusters Canterbury (August 2004)
'Enormous Satisfaction' - Southland Enterprises Incorporated (September 2004)
Passion Overcomes Hurdles - Amberley District Residents Association (October 2004)
Zero Waste Bus Tour - Zero Waste NZ Trust (December 2004)
Wastebusters Trust Canterbury, P O Box 323, Ashburton, Phone (03) 308 9998, Fax (03) 308 9989, e-mail: mcwastebusters@clear.net.nz

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