Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away (GLWA) are a group of committed volunteers that take action to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill from our community. Some of our activities are mentioned below and we are always keen to welcome new members to our group.

Monthly meetings:

Note: due to some GLWA members currently being unavailable, the monthly GLWA meetings are on hold until further notice. (last updated: 2 Nov 2018)

International plastic-free July
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it. Waste Away has supported Plastic Bag Free July for the last three years.  We work with the local retailers to hold a plastic bag free day and have had movie nights and created an installation that was displayed at the corner of Williamson Ave and Great North Road.

Wasters at the market
On most Sunday mornings you will find us at the local Grey Lynn Farmers Market. We are there to talk about waste and are keen to encourage people to try ways to limit their waste to landfill. We promote the responsible practice of using worm farms or bokashi buckets to divert food waste from landfill.

Idealcup: Buy it at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market for $14
Idealcup is the first NZ made reusable coffee cup. The cup consists of three separate parts, the cup, lid and rotating top. The cup is manufactured from polypropylene, and the lid and rotating top plate are manufactured from polyethylene. Both these products are durable, food safe, and can be easily recycled.

Worm Farm (including worms) $70
Buy your worm farm at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market or at a Grey Lynn 2030 community meeting and save $5.

Bokashi NZ: Buy your two-bucket Bokashi Composting Set  for $88 (save $2)
If you have any questions about composting, please email us. We are happy to answer any questions and help you with your food waste system.

Battery Collection Bucket at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market
A reminder that the Waste Away group provides a Battery Collection Bucket at the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market. Bring along your household alkaline, button, NiCad, rechargeable, lithium and “other” batteries. Just a warning that old lithium batteries have been known to spontaneously burst into flame, especially when they get a bit wet. So be careful about keeping them around the house. Visit for NiMH rechargeable batteries and chargers.

Bra Collection at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market.
We have a pink collection bin at the Farmers Market to collect used bras that are still in a good condition.  These are donated to women in the Pacific Islands that do not have access to bras. As at November 2018 Grey Lynn Waste Away collected, sorted and donated 3002 bras.