The election signs for the local government elections will pop up about the city this weekend, but there's only one candidate campaigning on what will happen to his signs when they come down in early October.
Shelden Nesdale, standing for the Otumoetai ward, is using recycled signs and has organised them to be recycled afterwards.
Sheldon is planning on using recycled signs. Supplied photo.
“Corflute is pretty bad stuff. So I've decided to recycle existing corflute signs and have also developed an exit plan for after I'm done.”
Corflute is a high quality, tough and durable polypropylene co-polymer with UV stabilizes, generally used in real estate signs.
It can be screen-printed, digitally printed and used with vinyl. Corflute is available in a wide range of thicknesses, sheet sizes and colours.
Sheldon has arranged to have old real estate signs recovered in a new ‘skin' with his picture and campaign message.
“I've spoken to a friend of mine, Marty Hoffart from Waste Watchers, and he's agreed to take them off my hands afterwards to cut up and make them into recycled boxes.”
Sheldon says his three young sons have helped him develop a strong environmental conscience. “They're aged 7, 4 and 2. If they live to be 100 years-old, that'll be the year 2114. We have no idea what the future holds but it's our responsibility to look after the planet right now on their behalf. That's why I believe re-using and recycling is so important.”
Sheldon, along with other local body candidates, will begin putting their election hoardings up in designated areas from Saturday, August 27, where they'll remain until the night before voting closes on October 8.
This year Tauranga City Council has imposed tighter restrictions on where candidates may display their election signs.
Only one sign per candidate will be allowed on 31 designated roadside strips around the city.
“I really support this idea. Visual pollution is just as bad as rubbish and waste,” says Sheldon. “I'll be concentrating my signs in strategic locations in the Otumoetai-Pyes Pa ward only. I'm looking forward to seeing the hoardings go up and some election buzz starting to build around the city.”
Nominations for this year's Tauranga City Council election closed on August 12 and will be followed by a postal ballet from September 16 – October 8.