Organic Waste

Leftover Recipes Competition

Share your leftover recipes and win!

Hearty soups…refreshing smoothies…tell us your favourite leftover recipe to go in the draw to win an awesome prize package. The winner will be announced on Friday 29 September.

Prize package includes:

  • Blender
  • Recipe book
  • .Three re-usable shopping bags
  • Two food savers (freezable, etc)

Terms and conditions

  • Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of the Terms and conditions.

  • Entries are open from 8 September 2017 and close at midnight on 28 September 2017

  • Only one prize package is available, winner will be chosen at random.
  • Prize will be drawn at Hastings District Council on Friday 29 September 2017.
  • Hastings District Council staff members and their immediate family members are not eligible for the prize
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Hastings District Council Facebook page and not to Facebook. 
  • The competition is open to Hastings district residents only 
  • Hastings District Council reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion to withdraw, cancel, suspend, modify and/or recommence this competition at any time, including if its ability to fulfil its obligations is limited at any stage by any form of technical failure or other circumstance outside its control.
  • The winning entrants will be notified by Personal Message on Facebook,
  • The Hastings District Council’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Any breach of these Terms and Conditions will void an entry.
  • Entrants consent to their names being used for public relations and marketing purposes relating to this competition without prior notice and without compensation.
  • Hastings District Council will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury (including without limitation indirect or consequential loss) suffered by any person in connection with the promotion or any prize, except for any liability under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 or other liability that cannot be excluded by law.

Organic waste (food and green waste)

The 2016 Solid Waste Survey of Napier and Hastings waste shows that the average Hastings orange rubbish bag is nearly half organic waste!

Food waste and green garden waste contributes to nearly half of our weekly household rubbish. Mixing with other materials, it creates toxic leachate and methane gas in Omarunui Landfill and leads to land subsidence. Visit Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand to see how much you’re wasting and to learn how to reduce your food waste & ultimately save money.


Composting is a common and simple solution to recycling garden waste and food waste. The more we compost, the less we need to send to our local Omarunui Landfill.

  • Start your own compost heap:
  • Lay twigs or straw a few inches deep on bare earth. This first layer assists in drainage and aeration
  • Alternate layers between wet (food scraps, tea bags, seaweed) and dry material (straw, leaves, sawdust).
  • Add manure, clover, buckwheat, wheatgrass, and/or grass clippings for a source of nitrogen to activate the compost.
  • Cover with wood, plastic sheeting, or carpet scraps, to trap moisture and heat.
  • Keep your compost moist and turn it with a pitchfork every few weeks to aerate the pile.
  • Compost bins are available to buy from the Hastings Environment Centre in Karamu Rd.