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The daily presence of rubbish on our city's streets waiting to be collected is one of the big issues affecting what people think about the city. Whilst it's arguably a necessary part of city life, we think that there are opportunities for the city centre to collectively deal with waste in a more innovative way - reducing the amount of waste generated as well as improving the appearance of the city.

We think there’s an opportunity for the city centre and the businesses here to be an exemplar in waste management and minimisation - and we know that there are many businesses in the city undertaking best practice waste reduction already. Why wait until 20+ years to go zero waste – let’s see what we can do, starting now.

The city centre is changing quickly and access in and around the city, including for rubbish trucks, is changing as it gets busier. Changing the collection times or finding ways to dispose of the ever-increasing mountains of rubbish aren’t enough – we want to find ways to make real changes to minimise rubbish and deal with what we do produce in a more sustainable way.

We're planning on talking more about this with businesses and council to define problems, investigate solutions and make change happen. There's also potential funding available through council to get waste minimisation initiatives underway.

  • Urban Art Village in Saint Patricks Square, Auckland's city centre for Artweek 2017. Image: Sacha Stejko