The environment has benefited from collective action during 2020, according to new figures from EcoMatters Environment Trust.
More than 49,000 EcoMatters volunteers, supporters and team members have helped enhance 580ha of local land, equivalent to 58 times the area of Eden Park, and kept waste equal in weight to five blue whales out of landfill.
On average, 46 bike repairs have been supported each week, while five homes a week have benefited from sustainability improvements.
These achievements are part of the charitable trust’s Highlights 2019-2020, showing the impact its work is having on the local environment.
“In such a challenging year, we’re immensely proud of what has been achieved with the help of our valued volunteers, funders and supporters,” says Damon Birchfield, EcoMatters CEO.
“Grassroots environmental action has continued to thrive in Auckland, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of our community.”
Established in 2002, EcoMatters today works in and with the community to help people restore nature, reduce waste, ride and fix bikes, grow food, and live more sustainably.
“It has been a year of change and disruption, but on the positive side, it’s helped us all become more resilient and think about how to do things differently,” says Damon.
“What both 2020 and these highlights have shown us is that our individual actions do add up and can make a world of difference.”
“We are immensely grateful to our key funding partners Auckland Council, and the Henderson-Massey, Waitākere Ranges and Whau local boards, as well as Watercare Services Ltd, Auckland Transport, Panuku Development Auckland and Ministry for the Environment, for their support too,” says Damon.
Visit ecomatters.org.nz to find out more.
Highlights for 2019-2020
Free efficient showerheads for local homes
Locals could save hundreds of dollars a year on water and power bills, thanks to free efficient showerheads.
EcoMatters Environment Trust, thanks to support from Live Lightly, Mitre 10 and Watercare, is installing efficient showerheads for free in eligible homes in New Lynn, Green Bay, Kelston, Rosebank, Avondale, New Windsor or Blockhouse Bay.
There are still showerheads available, while stocks last, so to find out more about if your household is eligible and to book your free installation, please visit ecomatters.org.nz/showerhead
Zero Waste Event Grants Now Available
Now it’s easier than ever to make your community event zero waste. You can apply for up to $200 for a community event in Auckland, to help reduce waste and recycle more, thanks to grants from Auckland Council.
The grant can go towards zero waste-related expenses such as hiring reusable cutlery, crockery or recycling and food scraps bins, or paying for recycling and food scrap collections. You could also use it for purchasing compostable packaging or for thank you vouchers for volunteers helping with waste-related tasks.
It’s quick and easy to apply, and you’ll hear back within seven business days if your application is successful. Find out more and apply here: https://zerowasteevents.org.nz/zero-waste-events-grant/