Call For Artists

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Whaingaroa Environment Centre is seeking artists to create a Maui’s Dolphin sculpture to be installed at the new wharf.

This is an opportunity for fame and positive change! Artists that would like to apply must be local to Whaingaroa. Applications are available for pick-up at WEC (Town Hall) 10am – 2pm, Mon – Friday and Saturday 11am – 3pm (closed Dec 23rd – January 6th). You can also email or download one from their website at Applications are due on January 20 2012


Volunteers Needed

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Board and Bikinis 2012 - 4/5/6 Feb - Volunteers needed

Entry into board and bikinis music weekend at Ruapuke beach camp in return for 3 hours work.

Jobs are

Setting up and labeling bins (Friday)

Keeping the bins tidy and sorted over the weekend and emptying as required (Sat / Sun)

Tidying up and sorting and packing up after it's all finished (Sun / Mon) - you will need to be fit and strong as it involves moving bins around. 

Call Lindsey on 0277 151516 or email

Maui Dolphin Day 2012

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Yes its back for 2012 - Maui Dolphin Day and the Recycled Raft Race

Saturday March 10th 2012 at the Kopua Domain

A fun family day aimed to raise awareness about the Maui Dolphin and its marine environment

What is the recycled raft race ?  - It's a wild, wet, fun event, where people build rafts out of recycled materials and race up the harbour in what has become a highly competitive annual Raglan event. However, its not just about being the fastest raft, there are prizes for best dressed, best new raft, most creative, best message, best junior and even prizes just for entering. The main thing is to have lots of fun. We do encourage racers to get dressed up too (but no shoes or heavy clothes ie jeans)

So with the school holidays approaching now is the time to start building your rafts out of recycled materials - remember all rafts must float and no bits can fall off in the harbour.

For more information and to find out  how to register, go to our news and events page on our website or call Lindsey on 0277 151516.

If you would like to volunteer to help out on the day please let us know too.

Xtreme Waste - Xmas Hours

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Raglan Recycling and Transfer Station

Sat 24th Dec        -8.30 - 12.30pm
Christmas Day     - Closed
Boxing Day           - 8.30 - 4.30pm
Tues 27th Dec      - Closed
Weds 28th Dec    - 8.30 - 4.30pm
Thurs 29th Dec     - Closed
Fri 30th Dec          - 8.30 - 4.30pm
Sat 31 Dec            - 8.30 - 12.30pm
New Years Day     - Closed

(please note the change to Saturday opening hours over the Xmas weeks, when we are open in the morning instead of the usual afternoons)

From Mon 2nd Jan return to normal hours

Mon, Weds, Fri, Sun - 8.30am - 4.30pm

Sat - 12.30 - 4.30pm

Closed Tues and Thurs

Christmas office hours

The Xtreme Waste office will be closed from Sat 24th Dec - 9th January.

Kerbside Recycling

Due to the statutory holidays on Monday 26th Dec and Mon 2nd Jan, all household kerbside rubbish and recycling collections will occur one day late.

Monday's collection will be on the Tuesday
Tuesday's collection will be on the Wednesday

Merry Christmas from the Xtreme Team

Trash Footwear

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Trash Footwear - funky footwear made from reused materials - rather fancy rubbish.

20% of the purchase price goes to Xtreme Waste if you say you found out about them from us !!!

Go down to the factory out the back of Soul Shoes in Raglan 25 Bow Street, or call Ben Galloway on 0226 578644 or email

You can place a custom order from the selection available or have fun choosing your own colour / material options. 

Check them out on the Trash Footwear facebook page


Wow 76% that's fantastic

Posted 11 years, 6 months ago by Xtreme Waste    1 comment

Tena koutou katoa

Congratulations to Raglan, how exciting to reach our highest diversion from landfill rate ever of 76%.  What an amazing achievement!  Regardless of our high visitor numbers, we continue to steadily progress towards zero waste and model to other communities nationally on how to minimize waste. Reducing our waste saves precious resources - with the global population now more than 7 billion and New Zealand’s population expected to reach 5 milllion by 2050, it's a wise decision to refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle and compost as many of our resources as possible.

Our community couldn’t achieve these diversion results without the strong support of Waikato District Council, investing ratepayer's money back into the community by contracting a community organisation, Xtreme Waste, to deliver waste and recycling services to the Whaingaroa catchment. Statistically, it has been proven again and again that the community sector delivers higher diversion rates from landfill, puts more money back into the community through providing more jobs, provides greater environmental benefits and contributes to building greater social capital within communities than the private sector. A big and warm thank-you to Waikato District Council for working alongside our community!

With people like Ben Galloway in our community making high quality, funky sandals from 95% recycled materials, we are showing the world that we have what it takes to use our waste streams to create high value products. The list of clever artists and businesses in our community who use waste creatively to produce art and make a living is a long one!  

In the past year, we had a reduction in the amount of waste to landfill by 7 tonnes, that’s the equivalent of 7 small cars, a small reduction, but a reduction nonetheless.

Once again, congratulations to the Raglan community, to the Raglan Community Board for their on-going support, to the Xtreme Waste crew and to Waikato District Council for together increasing the diversion rate to 76%. We’re eager and energized to continue this trend and find more ways of reducing what we send to landfill at Hampton Downs.

Forward to Zero Waste …

Warm Regards, Jacqui Forbes

021 0431127

Sew-Vember Workshop

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Union Church - Stewart Street 9.30am

Xtreme Waste are going to be Up-Cycling at this Thursdays sew-vember (the 10th) workshop, so come along and join in and make some fun and funky, low cost creations for Xmas out of reused materials. We are planning to make funky critters - see photo, the kids will love them. 


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Every Thursday in November 9am - 3pm, Union Church Stewart St.
All days kids play area with some volunteer supervision
9:30 - 10:30AM craft workshops with childcare 
1 - 3 PM  craft workshops 
All day crafting ideas, swaps, jamming, etc...

Workshops to include Man Craft day (fake mustaches and outdoor ornaments), x-mas edible gifts, baubilicious x-mas decorations, scrapbooking with recycled materials, recycled plushie critters and more!

Tentative Schedule...

Thursday 3rd
man craft day
outside basic tools and hardware(and man) provided to make a couple of simple cute outdoor projects (teacup garden ornament/birdwaterer and wood and wire bird feeder-sea side shabby chic style... and possibly a driftwoody ornament thing that requires tools)
inside moustaches for every occasion
Thursday 10th
To be confirmed..

Recycled plushie critters hosted by Xtreme Waste
Possibly a kitchen workshop...delicious treats to make and give (incl gluten free, vegan etc) 
Thursday 17
Jodi amazing artist and craftsuperwoman 
some kind of amazing something for kids and adults
To be confirmed..

and kimberleys "best skirt EVER"  

Thursday 24
WEC's Baublicious decorating amazingness

To find out more about craft sessions, keep checking WEC’s website and join our newsletter for up-to-date and last minute craft sessions! Join on the News section of our website.

Or just come on down! Show us your stuff, or learn from others. It’s going to be an amazing ideas fest for all to enjoy and a great time to make prezzies.

 All workshops and materials available by Koha

 Thanks to creative nz,old school arts centre, raglan lions,raglan union church, wec, xtreme waste

Come learn how to make this fabulous A-line skirt with Kimberley on November 17th! Amon (left) is wearing cargo pants made from a beanbag cover.

07 825 0480 PO Box 227 Town Hall, Bow Street, Raglan, New Zealand