FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Although we can't anticipate every question you may have, below is a list of the most commonly asked questions.  Just click on the question to view its answer.

If you browse the list and still cannot find the answer you are looking for, please feel free to give us a call or send us a message via our Contact Us page.

DEFINITIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS

I want to do PKP but how do I start?


You don’t need to sign up if you feel you’re not ready. Read through the actions and see if you learn anything that might help you make the first step. Start by making some small changes for one week, maybe. Baby steps, the more you change the more you’ll learn so just start small.

After reading through the actions and you feel you’re ok to sign up, click here to get started.




How do I sign up?


Click here to sign up.




How do I find out more about how to manage my waste?


There are many Facebook groups/pages and Instagram accounts with digestible content to help you learn more about how to manage your waste. In most groups you can ask questions, or look up your question in the search and see if it’s already been answered. You can also be a fly on the wall in the groups and observe what others post, tips and tricks, approaches you might not have thought of.

Check out: Zero Waste NZ.




What’s recyclable and what’s not?


Check out the link below for more information on what can and cannot be recycled in the Auckland area. Recycling differs in all regions, meaning some regions and councils may allow for pick up and recycling of things, and others might not. A good practice is to check out your own council page for correct and updated information. Given COVID-19, there have also been other regulations put in place to manage health and safety.

Check out your own local council website for info on waste and recycling collection.

Also check out - Auckland Council Recycling Guide.




What happened to soft plastic recycling?


Two years ago China and Australia closed their countries off to external sources of waste. This meant that soft plastic recycling (that used to be seen in circle barrels in our supermarkets) no longer had somewhere to be recycled. Soft plastic recycling has been re-established in some supermarkets.

Check out: https://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/store-locator for more information on where to take your soft plastics.




What do you do with your food scraps/waste?


We have both bokashi and organic compost systems. Both are great and serve different needs. There are a few ways you can manage your kai/food waste from home; bokashi, organic, worm farms, pig buckets and local council systems are just some.

Check out our video for a quick run down of our bokashi system.

Check out our FB videos section to see updates on content for action: compost during PKP 2020-06-03




Who are some good people to follow for inspiration?


PKPThatsMe Instagram account for Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku initiative.

Te Kawa Robb

Continued awareness and education in the waste management space.

Zero Waste NZ! Help with minimising waste, up cycling, reusing, and more. PlantbasedMāori Inspiration around the narrative around a plant based/vegan lifestyle. Māori and Pasifika Vegans Recipe ideas, good vegan spots around NZ, tips, tricks and more. Chris Huriwai Insightful messaging around dairy, farming and agricultural realities. TheHacksNZ Vegan and plant based recipes and advice around achieving balance. Para Kore Waste minimisation initiative for Marae sustainability around Aotearoa. Hana Tapiata Discussions and self-inquiry about important narratives, connection and belonging.




What are some nice tukino-free recipes?


Follow us on IG PKPTHATSME and check out our highlights for tūkino-free, meat and dairy alternative, plastic and packaging free kai ideas. See also the Tupuanuku business for some wicked plantbased and vegan food recipes.




Where are some vegan/plantbased/tukino-free eateries?


Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Auckland

Lord of the Fries

Doornuts Donuts

Tart Bakery

Little Bird Organics

The Butchers Son

Sunflower Thai Restaurant

Revive

Kaiaroha

Wise Boys Burgers

Gorilla Kitchen

*Many more….

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Wellington

Plantblazed

Aroha Plantbased

Aunty Menas

Lord of the Fries

Sweet Release

Herbivore

Big Sur

*Many more….

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Hamilton

Yalla Yalla café

Vegan Café

Nourish Pod

Sechuan House

Dumpling House

The Sugar Bowl

Winner Winner

*Many more…

Takeaway (with vege/plantbased options)

Burger King Rebel Whopper

Dominos Pizza Vegan Range

Hells Pizza Vegan Range

Burgerfuel Vegan Options

Pizza Hut Vegan Options

*Google it




Do I have to choose all the actions?


Put simply, no. You can choose 1, 3, 5, any combination depending on which areas you want to focus on for the month. There’s no set number, you don’t even have to choose any. Shared awareness and a safe-place for fam to start on their journey in this space is what were here for. Increased numbers help to achieve collective impact, but it starts with mindset shift, action follows inevitably but it’s a journey and we encourage going at your own pace.




What do I do if I’m in a situation where I can’t fulfill the action I chose?


If this is a one-off – adjust with your social environment. There are going to be times where it’s going to be hard, where you might not be able to fulfill and deliver all the time – we do what we can. Don’t be hard on yourself.

Some likely scenarios:

  1. If you chose to go meat-free and someone has offered/made you a feed that has meat, they don’t know you’re on PKP, you’re a guest and/or you feel uncomfortable declining the gesture. Do what makes you feel most at ease, if that means eating the meal and taking that time to talk about your journey, that’s great.
  2. You’re up or out late and the only food available that you can afford, will somewhat sustain you, but it’s meat and/or dairy – same as above.
  3. You have limited money and the only food you can afford comes in packaging, but it’s meat/dairy free, same as scenario 1 – do what makes you feel most at ease.
  4. You know there are more plastic free conscious consumer items you can buy, but you can’t/don’t have the means to get them all right away – start with 1. Choose 1 item to change up to be either plastic-free or purchased locally.
  5. Remember: PKP is not about being perfect, we’re all going to fuck up, lets fuck up together and keep trying every single day.





POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Can I get a container for my shingles, wood, insulation and siding from a  house demolition, garbage, etc.?


D&W Salvage, Inc. does not accept any non-metallic material--we recycle scrap iron and metals only. Please refer to our Prohibited Items page for more information on unacceptable items. If you are looking for a container for your non-metallic items, please feel free to contact Emterra Envrionmental, Thumb Disposal, Rent-A-Box, or Central Disposal to discuss their container options.




Can I place vehicles in a roll-off container?


No. Vehicles are one of those items that take up a lot of space in the container, but do not produce a lot of weight (does not allow the container to be used to its full potential). Also, we need titles with any and all vehicles we purchase. While we understand that using a payloader or other equipment to flatten a vehicle would allow for more material to be placed in the container, this makes it extremely difficult to read any VIN numbers in order to match them to the title. For these reasons, we do not accept vehicles via roll-off container.




I would like a 10-yard roll-off container.  Can you help?


Unfortunately, D&W Salvage does not offer containers that small. All of our containers at D&W Salvage are large--think the size of a semi trailer. Our smallest container is 30 yards (22ft long with 6ft high sides) and our largest is 80 yards (36ft long with 8ft high sides), with other sizes available in-between. Please visit our Container Information page for more information on container sizes and availability.




How do I go about requesting a roll-off container for my scrap?


First, please check out our Container Information page to review the ins-and-outs of our container services. Keep in mind that roll-off containers are only available to those in the industrial, commercial, or farm/agricultural sector who are producing LARGE amounts of scrap metal. Then give us a call at 989-269-6829 ext. 102 (or press option 4 at the main menu) to discuss your container needs.





WEIGHT

I want to do PKP but how do I start?


You don’t need to sign up if you feel you’re not ready. Read through the actions and see if you learn anything that might help you make the first step. Start by making some small changes for one week, maybe. Baby steps, the more you change the more you’ll learn so just start small.

After reading through the actions and you feel you’re ok to sign up, click here to get started.




How do I sign up?


Click here to sign up.




How do I find out more about how to manage my waste?


There are many Facebook groups/pages and Instagram accounts with digestible content to help you learn more about how to manage your waste. In most groups you can ask questions, or look up your question in the search and see if it’s already been answered. You can also be a fly on the wall in the groups and observe what others post, tips and tricks, approaches you might not have thought of.

Check out: Zero Waste NZ.




What’s recyclable and what’s not?


Check out the link below for more information on what can and cannot be recycled in the Auckland area. Recycling differs in all regions, meaning some regions and councils may allow for pick up and recycling of things, and others might not. A good practice is to check out your own council page for correct and updated information. Given COVID-19, there have also been other regulations put in place to manage health and safety.

Check out your own local council website for info on waste and recycling collection.

Also check out - Auckland Council Recycling Guide.




What happened to soft plastic recycling?


Two years ago China and Australia closed their countries off to external sources of waste. This meant that soft plastic recycling (that used to be seen in circle barrels in our supermarkets) no longer had somewhere to be recycled. Soft plastic recycling has been re-established in some supermarkets.

Check out: https://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/store-locator for more information on where to take your soft plastics.




What do you do with your food scraps/waste?


We have both bokashi and organic compost systems. Both are great and serve different needs. There are a few ways you can manage your kai/food waste from home; bokashi, organic, worm farms, pig buckets and local council systems are just some.

Check out our video for a quick run down of our bokashi system.

Check out our FB videos section to see updates on content for action: compost during PKP 2020-06-03




Who are some good people to follow for inspiration?


PKPThatsMe Instagram account for Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku initiative.

Te Kawa Robb

Continued awareness and education in the waste management space.

Zero Waste NZ! Help with minimising waste, up cycling, reusing, and more. PlantbasedMāori Inspiration around the narrative around a plant based/vegan lifestyle. Māori and Pasifika Vegans Recipe ideas, good vegan spots around NZ, tips, tricks and more. Chris Huriwai Insightful messaging around dairy, farming and agricultural realities. TheHacksNZ Vegan and plant based recipes and advice around achieving balance. Para Kore Waste minimisation initiative for Marae sustainability around Aotearoa. Hana Tapiata Discussions and self-inquiry about important narratives, connection and belonging.




What are some nice tukino-free recipes?


Follow us on IG PKPTHATSME and check out our highlights for tūkino-free, meat and dairy alternative, plastic and packaging free kai ideas. See also the Tupuanuku business for some wicked plantbased and vegan food recipes.




Where are some vegan/plantbased/tukino-free eateries?


Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Auckland

Lord of the Fries

Doornuts Donuts

Tart Bakery

Little Bird Organics

The Butchers Son

Sunflower Thai Restaurant

Revive

Kaiaroha

Wise Boys Burgers

Gorilla Kitchen

*Many more….

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Wellington

Plantblazed

Aroha Plantbased

Aunty Menas

Lord of the Fries

Sweet Release

Herbivore

Big Sur

*Many more….

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Hamilton

Yalla Yalla café

Vegan Café

Nourish Pod

Sechuan House

Dumpling House

The Sugar Bowl

Winner Winner

*Many more…

Takeaway (with vege/plantbased options)

Burger King Rebel Whopper

Dominos Pizza Vegan Range

Hells Pizza Vegan Range

Burgerfuel Vegan Options

Pizza Hut Vegan Options

*Google it




Do I have to choose all the actions?


Put simply, no. You can choose 1, 3, 5, any combination depending on which areas you want to focus on for the month. There’s no set number, you don’t even have to choose any. Shared awareness and a safe-place for fam to start on their journey in this space is what were here for. Increased numbers help to achieve collective impact, but it starts with mindset shift, action follows inevitably but it’s a journey and we encourage going at your own pace.




What do I do if I’m in a situation where I can’t fulfill the action I chose?


If this is a one-off – adjust with your social environment. There are going to be times where it’s going to be hard, where you might not be able to fulfill and deliver all the time – we do what we can. Don’t be hard on yourself.

Some likely scenarios:

  1. If you chose to go meat-free and someone has offered/made you a feed that has meat, they don’t know you’re on PKP, you’re a guest and/or you feel uncomfortable declining the gesture. Do what makes you feel most at ease, if that means eating the meal and taking that time to talk about your journey, that’s great.
  2. You’re up or out late and the only food available that you can afford, will somewhat sustain you, but it’s meat and/or dairy – same as above.
  3. You have limited money and the only food you can afford comes in packaging, but it’s meat/dairy free, same as scenario 1 – do what makes you feel most at ease.
  4. You know there are more plastic free conscious consumer items you can buy, but you can’t/don’t have the means to get them all right away – start with 1. Choose 1 item to change up to be either plastic-free or purchased locally.
  5. Remember: PKP is not about being perfect, we’re all going to fuck up, lets fuck up together and keep trying every single day.





VEHICLES

I want to do PKP but how do I start?


You don’t need to sign up if you feel you’re not ready. Read through the actions and see if you learn anything that might help you make the first step. Start by making some small changes for one week, maybe. Baby steps, the more you change the more you’ll learn so just start small.

After reading through the actions and you feel you’re ok to sign up, click here to get started.




How do I sign up?


Click here to sign up.




How do I find out more about how to manage my waste?


There are many Facebook groups/pages and Instagram accounts with digestible content to help you learn more about how to manage your waste. In most groups you can ask questions, or look up your question in the search and see if it’s already been answered. You can also be a fly on the wall in the groups and observe what others post, tips and tricks, approaches you might not have thought of.

Check out: Zero Waste NZ.




What’s recyclable and what’s not?


Check out the link below for more information on what can and cannot be recycled in the Auckland area. Recycling differs in all regions, meaning some regions and councils may allow for pick up and recycling of things, and others might not. A good practice is to check out your own council page for correct and updated information. Given COVID-19, there have also been other regulations put in place to manage health and safety.

Check out your own local council website for info on waste and recycling collection.

Also check out - Auckland Council Recycling Guide.




What happened to soft plastic recycling?


Two years ago China and Australia closed their countries off to external sources of waste. This meant that soft plastic recycling (that used to be seen in circle barrels in our supermarkets) no longer had somewhere to be recycled. Soft plastic recycling has been re-established in some supermarkets.

Check out: https://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/store-locator for more information on where to take your soft plastics.




What do you do with your food scraps/waste?


We have both bokashi and organic compost systems. Both are great and serve different needs. There are a few ways you can manage your kai/food waste from home; bokashi, organic, worm farms, pig buckets and local council systems are just some.

Check out our video for a quick run down of our bokashi system.

Check out our FB videos section to see updates on content for action: compost during PKP 2020-06-03




Who are some good people to follow for inspiration?


PKPThatsMe Instagram account for Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku initiative.

Te Kawa Robb

Continued awareness and education in the waste management space.

Zero Waste NZ! Help with minimising waste, up cycling, reusing, and more. PlantbasedMāori Inspiration around the narrative around a plant based/vegan lifestyle. Māori and Pasifika Vegans Recipe ideas, good vegan spots around NZ, tips, tricks and more. Chris Huriwai Insightful messaging around dairy, farming and agricultural realities. TheHacksNZ Vegan and plant based recipes and advice around achieving balance. Para Kore Waste minimisation initiative for Marae sustainability around Aotearoa. Hana Tapiata Discussions and self-inquiry about important narratives, connection and belonging.




What are some nice tukino-free recipes?


Follow us on IG PKPTHATSME and check out our highlights for tūkino-free, meat and dairy alternative, plastic and packaging free kai ideas. See also the Tupuanuku business for some wicked plantbased and vegan food recipes.




Where are some vegan/plantbased/tukino-free eateries?


Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Auckland

Lord of the Fries

Doornuts Donuts

Tart Bakery

Little Bird Organics

The Butchers Son

Sunflower Thai Restaurant

Revive

Kaiaroha

Wise Boys Burgers

Gorilla Kitchen

*Many more….

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Wellington

Plantblazed

Aroha Plantbased

Aunty Menas

Lord of the Fries

Sweet Release

Herbivore

Big Sur

*Many more….

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Hamilton

Yalla Yalla café

Vegan Café

Nourish Pod

Sechuan House

Dumpling House

The Sugar Bowl

Winner Winner

*Many more…

Takeaway (with vege/plantbased options)

Burger King Rebel Whopper

Dominos Pizza Vegan Range

Hells Pizza Vegan Range

Burgerfuel Vegan Options

Pizza Hut Vegan Options

*Google it




Do I have to choose all the actions?


Put simply, no. You can choose 1, 3, 5, any combination depending on which areas you want to focus on for the month. There’s no set number, you don’t even have to choose any. Shared awareness and a safe-place for fam to start on their journey in this space is what were here for. Increased numbers help to achieve collective impact, but it starts with mindset shift, action follows inevitably but it’s a journey and we encourage going at your own pace.




What do I do if I’m in a situation where I can’t fulfill the action I chose?


If this is a one-off – adjust with your social environment. There are going to be times where it’s going to be hard, where you might not be able to fulfill and deliver all the time – we do what we can. Don’t be hard on yourself.

Some likely scenarios:

  1. If you chose to go meat-free and someone has offered/made you a feed that has meat, they don’t know you’re on PKP, you’re a guest and/or you feel uncomfortable declining the gesture. Do what makes you feel most at ease, if that means eating the meal and taking that time to talk about your journey, that’s great.
  2. You’re up or out late and the only food available that you can afford, will somewhat sustain you, but it’s meat and/or dairy – same as above.
  3. You have limited money and the only food you can afford comes in packaging, but it’s meat/dairy free, same as scenario 1 – do what makes you feel most at ease.
  4. You know there are more plastic free conscious consumer items you can buy, but you can’t/don’t have the means to get them all right away – start with 1. Choose 1 item to change up to be either plastic-free or purchased locally.
  5. Remember: PKP is not about being perfect, we’re all going to fuck up, lets fuck up together and keep trying every single day.





WHAT WE WILL OR WILL NOT BUY

Do you buy tires?


We DO NOT accept tires. If you sell us a vehicle, trailer, farm implement, other item that has tires on it, we will be sending rubber back home with you. This means that either: A. We will lift the item so that you can loosen the lugnuts and take the tires and rims off/home with you. (Make sure you bring an appropriately sized 4-way if you choose to do this.) B. We will give you just the rubber portion of tires that have already been cut off the rim. These tires will not be your exact tires, but will be approximately the same size/weight as the tires you brought to us. The only exception to this is if you bring us a bicycle, lawnmower, or ATV that still has tires on it. Those tires are small enough that we do not worry about them.




Do you buy cardboard?


D&W Salvage only purchases cardboard in LARGE quantities (thousands of pounds at a time) and on a case-by-case basis. Please call us at 989-269-6829 to inquire about large quantities of cardboard.




Do you buy electric motors?


Yes. As long as they are AC motors with copper windings. We will not pay electric motor price for DC motors or those with aluminum windings--these items simply are purchased as Tin/Miscellaneous. Electric motors may be encased in a steel cover, BUT any large pulleys, pieces of steel, or squirrel cages must be removed. If the outside casing is cast aluminum, it is very possible that the wire within is copper-coated aluminum wire--in which case we will not pay electric motor price for these motors. To check whether the windings are copper-coated aluminum, use a file to scratch the wire windings. If the center of the wires/windings are a white or silver color, they are aluminum wires and thus, we will only buy them for tin price.




Do you buy windows and doors?


We will purchase window and door FRAMES as long as they are made of metal and do not contain any glass, plastic, rubber, or foam.




What type of batteries do you buy?


We only buy lead-acid batteries. These include most car, truck, ATV, lawnmower, and golf cart batteries. Steel encased batteries are acceptable, but are purchased as a separate commodity with their own pricing structure. We DO NOT buy alkaline, NiCad, or rechargable/power tool batteries, and we ABSOLUTELY do NOT accept Absolyte, GNB, or Champion brand batteries.




Do you buy TVs & computer monitors?


Computer monitors and televisions (TVs) contain very little metal and are mostly made of glass and/or plastic. For this reason we do not purchase these items.




Do you buy extension cords/household cords?


Yes, they are purchased as insulated copper wire. However, if your cords contain a large, plastic A/C adapter, an industrial-size plug end, or ends that have connector pins and/or thumb screws, you will need to remove the plug-end before bringing your cords to us.




Do you buy trailer homes, campers, and/or motor homes?


We do not buy complete trailer homes, campers, or motor homes due to the large quantity of wood, insulation, and other non-metal material they contain. However, if you tear apart your trailer homes, campers, or motor homes and bring us just the bare metal, we would be happy to accept that material from you.




Do you buy refrigerators, freezers, and/or air conditioners?


We will purchase refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners as long as the freon gas within the unit has been properly removed. If the compressor and lines are still within the unit, documentation verifying that the freon was removed must be provided.




Do you buy propane, acetylene, oxygen, and/or fuel tanks?


For the safety of our personnel, we do not accept ANY sealed containers. In order to be accepted: --Propane and oxygen tanks must have the valves completely removed and/or have a visible hole in them. --Fuel tanks must be COMPLETELY drained of any liquid or sludge and have a hole cut in them large enough for us to see inside (12" by 12" is the ideal size of hole). Because of their construction, we CANNOT accept acetylene tanks of any kind.




Do you buy Christmas lights, computer cables, and/or phone cables?


Yes. However, there are some guidelines when it comes to Christmas Lights, Computer Cables, and/or Phone Cables: 1. Keep them separate from any other insulated copper wiring you may have. This is because the ratio of copper to insulation is different than other forms of insulated copper wiring. 2. The bulbs must be removed if you have the Christmas lights with the larger sized bulbs (think the old-fashioned style). However, if you have the newer-style with the miniature bulbs, you can leave them right on the strand. 3. Any large plastic AC adaptors or ends that have connector pins and/or thumb screws must be cut off the wire and discarded.




Do you buy appliances (stoves, washing machines, dishwashers)?


Yes. We purchase all types of household appliances as Tin/Miscellaneous. Refrigerators, freezers, and/or air conditioners will be purchased as Tin/Miscellaneous as long as the freon has been properly removed.




Do you buy coaxial cable as insulated copper wire?


Coaxial cable is never purchased as insulated copper wire. The ratio of foam/insulation to copper wiring is far too great. Instead, it can be purchased as Christmas Lights/Computer Cable if the following criteria are met: 1. The steel connection ends must be cut off. 2. If you allow a magnet to hang freely near your coaxial cable, it will NOT draw to it. (If the magnet does draw to the cable, then there is steel somewhere in the cable and it is puchased as Tin/Miscellaneous.)




Do you buy fiberglass boats?


No. Fiberglass is a non-metallic material, and therefore we have no way to recycle it. However, if you remove any metal off of your boat, we would be happy to accept and pay you for the metal portion only.





CONTAINERS

Can I get a container for my shingles, wood, insulation and siding from a  house demolition, garbage, etc.?


D&W Salvage, Inc. does not accept any non-metallic material--we recycle scrap iron and metals only. Please refer to our Prohibited Items page for more information on unacceptable items. If you are looking for a container for your non-metallic items, please feel free to contact Emterra Envrionmental, Thumb Disposal, Rent-A-Box, or Central Disposal to discuss their container options.




Can I place vehicles in a roll-off container?


No. Vehicles are one of those items that take up a lot of space in the container, but do not produce a lot of weight (does not allow the container to be used to its full potential). Also, we need titles with any and all vehicles we purchase. While we understand that using a payloader or other equipment to flatten a vehicle would allow for more material to be placed in the container, this makes it extremely difficult to read any VIN numbers in order to match them to the title. For these reasons, we do not accept vehicles via roll-off container.




I would like a 10-yard roll-off container.  Can you help?


Unfortunately, D&W Salvage does not offer containers that small. All of our containers at D&W Salvage are large--think the size of a semi trailer. Our smallest container is 30 yards (22ft long with 6ft high sides) and our largest is 80 yards (36ft long with 8ft high sides), with other sizes available in-between. Please visit our Container Information page for more information on container sizes and availability.




How do I go about requesting a roll-off container for my scrap?


First, please check out our Container Information page to review the ins-and-outs of our container services. Keep in mind that roll-off containers are only available to those in the industrial, commercial, or farm/agricultural sector who are producing LARGE amounts of scrap metal. Then give us a call at 989-269-6829 ext. 102 (or press option 4 at the main menu) to discuss your container needs.





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