Parking was only too happy to offer City Archives discarded packaging from the new meters, Georgina says.
“I spoke to two very helpful and friendly contractors while they were installing a new meter on Barker Street. They explained that the boxes, bubble wrap and all other materials they were using had found new homes, but they’d been unable to find anyone that wanted to ‘rehome the foam’.
“I pointed out our building and they said they’d happily drop off the foam as it came free. They immediately left me with two big boxes of foam and since then, we’ve had several more deliveries from our parking contractors – and from a variety of other contractors as word got around, which has been brilliant.”
This is just one of the initiatives within Wellington City Council to reach our goal of being net zero by 2050 as part of our plan Te Atakura – First to Zero, and reducing waste to landfill by half by 2030. Due to the effort of our City Archives team, this initiative has diverted more than 200 large cardboard tubes and over 1,000 pieces of foam from the landfill.
Find out more about Te Atakura – First to Zero, He anamata para kore mō Pōneke – A zero waste future for Wellington, or check out the City Archives.