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A Hamilton salon has made the switch to sustainable with help from the Council’s Waste Reduction Ideas Fund.

Zibido hair in Glenview received funding from Hamilton City Council’s Waste Reduction Ideas Fund to buy sorting bins for plastic and other waste.

Zibido owner Shannon Dowd said Zibido’s focus on reducing their waste began after hearing about the Sustainable Salons initiative at Hair Expo in Australia.

“With the help of the Council and Mainstream Green and by making some simple changes in the salon, we’ve managed to reduce our waste by more than 90%,” said Ms Dowd.

They have also been selected to be an Ambassador Salon for the launch of the Sustainable Salons initiative, a first for the Waikato.

 What have they done?

  • All stylists now work with reusable or recycled foils
  • There is a salon ‘Bokashi bin’ to compost food and other organic waste.
  • Cut hair is offered to clients to be put in their home compost and worm farms.
  • All foil and colour tubes are recycled and the earnings are donated to charity.
  • A sorting system has been put in place to improve recycling.


Waste Reduction Fund

The Waste Reduction Fund allocates $50,000 annually from the money the Council receives from the Government’s national waste levy to fund projects that encourage long-term waste minimisation action and behaviour change.

Businesses, Iwi/Maaori organisations and education and community groups can apply for standard funding grants of between $1000 and $5000 for smaller projects and feasibility studies, or funding between $5000 and $15,000 for larger projects that will have a significant waste reduction impact.

Applications for the Waste Reduction Fund must be received by 5pm, Sunday 18 November 2018.

For more information visit the Fight the Landfill website or contact the Waste Minimisation team on or phone 07 838 6538.

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