Presenters: Dorte Wray, The Waiheke Resources Trust  & Jenny Chilcott, Auckland Council

Presentation title: Kai Conscious Waiheke

Waiheke Resources Trust is leading an innovative pilot project in the Blackpool community to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill. Supported by Auckland Council’s Community Waste Team, this community-owned and driven initiative recognises food waste as a significant hazardous component of the waste stream.      Food waste represents an economic loss and is an environmental pollutant which is digested anaerobically to release greenhouse gasses. To date, much of the effort to reduce food waste to landfill focuses on post waste solutions such as composting. While these efforts are important, they cannot fully address the economic waste and the embedded energy issues. This presentation discusses an evolving collaboration among a local Waiheke community (Blackpool), Waiheke Resources Trust (a grassroots organisation with a history of social innovation) and Auckland Council, who joined forces to implement a community development approach to tackle food waste reduction. The launch of Kai Conscious Waiheke is the result.      A baseline and post project audits contribute quantitative results and a survey and video footage add colour and introduce a range of placemaking outcomes which build social cohesion and waste reduction identity. The presentation will be addressed by Dorte Wray and John Stansfield of the Waiheke Resources Trust joined by Jenny Chilcott and Kate Lowe of Auckland Council.
Event: WasteMINZ Conference 2014
Date: Wednesday 23 October 2014