Minimising waste isn't always about rubbish and recycling. On this page you'll find tips to help you prevent unnecessary waste of one of our most precious resources – water.
The average person in Palmerston North creates about 210 litres of wastewater each day.
Ninety-nine per cent of what comes into our wastewater plant is water. The remaining one per cent is made up of food scraps, oil and fat, poos, urine and toilet paper and the soap or detergent from your sink, shower, washing machine or dishwasher. It also contains things that shouldn't be going down your drain â€“ like condoms, tampons and wetwipes, The only things that should ever go down your toilet are the three Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper.
At Council we're also looking at new ways to manage, move and treat our wastewater. We've taken some steps already – for example, the new Pressure Sewer Policy. This allows for pressure sewer systems to be installed in areas that would be difficult to service with a conventional gravity sewer system, and for those areas to be connected to the sewer reticulation.
We also have a number of waste minimisation programmes, and are working to improve understanding about how to reduce waste. This will help reduce the volume of wastewater in the city.