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17 August 2017 - By Mick Jensen - Visitors from New Caledonia have enjoyed a fact finding tour of community recycler Wastebusters as part of a short tour of New Zealand.
The group of nine, which featured environmental workers, community members, elected members and academics, hailed from the Northern Province area of Tuo Cemuhi.

  Collectively they are involved in a community based project that aims to prevent pollution and coastal erosion in their homeland by using waste glass to replenish beaches.
The trip included a visit to Waikato Regional Council to hear about and view coastal erosion, a visit to a glass crushing works at Otaki and an information gathering session at the Glass Packaging Forum in Auckland.
The visits provided an opportunity for the group to improve knowledge and skills in managing and recycling glass and working with a community-based model.
Wastebusters Ashburton manager Sharon Breakwell and Wastebusters Trust committee member Graeme Church welcomed the New Caledonians to the McNally Street depot and gave them a brief tour.
Mrs Breakwell explained how far Wastebusters had come since forming in 1994 and also how it had been able to continue operating after splitting with Ashburton council in 2010.
Wastebusters had offered to send over information on the teaching units it provided in schools, in order to help encourage youngsters to reduce, reuse and recycle, said Mrs Breakwell.
New Caledonia was currently at the same recycling level that New Zealand was at 30 years ago, she said. 


The visiting New Caledonians, with Graeme Church (third left) and Sharon Breakwell (fourth left).
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