Tag Archives: recycling

Metal dog tags reduce plastic waste

A Wellington dog donning a new, longer lasting metal dog tag. Photo credit: Wellington City Council

Each year in New Zealand, there is an annual renewal process for our dog’s registrations, which is the responsibility of the local town or city council. Typically, this consists of a round disc with the dog’s registration number on it, the registration number changes each year as the new plastic tag is issued on renewal.

But in an effort to reduce plastic waste, a number of councils including Christchurch and Wellington have announced that dogs will be issued with a more durable metal tag starting in 2022. The Selwyn District instituted the tags in 2021.

This means that the dog’s registration number will remain the same with the registration renewing after each year’s fee is paid; the metal tag is designed to last the dog’s lifetime.

In Christchurch, where I live, the council issues 40,000 tags each year which would normally go to landfill. Instead, the metal tags will be recyclable when the tag is no longer required.

In managing our environment, it is nice to think that our dogs are doing their part and I, for one, will happily polish Izzy’s tag to keep it looking brand new while foregoing the annual change of the plastic tag.

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Homemade dog tag

I think every dog should have a name tag attached to its collar.  It’s useful for people to know your dog’s name, particularly if it gets lost.

And I also love recycling or re-using items for another purpose when I can.  It’s a case of waste not, want not. (see,  for example, my blog on how I re-used a pill bottle for my dog’s emergency kit)

So, when this homemade dog tag came across my Facebook feed, I wanted to share it.

It’s made from an old teaspoon that has been flattened, with the handle cut off.  I’d never have thought of that!

Home made dog tag from a teaspoon

Homemade dog tag by Rhys Agnew, Canterbury, New Zealand

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dogs in history

As man’s best friend, dogs have been at our side through important moments in history.  Today, I came across this photo in a collection of photos from scrap metal drives held during World War II.

America needed raw materials for the war; a single tank weighed 18 tons.

Scrap metal drives were a way for the community to get behind the war effort, often competing with one another to see who could collect the most metals.

And of course dogs helped…

Dog in World War II scrap metal drive

Image: Leslie Jones/Boston Public Library

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

How Izzy helps make room in the recycling bin

Izzy loves to chew paper and cardboard.  I have to be very careful about where I leave the newspaper every day because, if she sees it, it will be shredded.

However, her interest in paper and cardboard does come in handy.  Whenever I have a cardboard box that needs to go into the recycling bin, Izzy can break it down for me in record speed.

Here is Izzy at work:

And here’s the end result:

Izzy final results with cardboard box

 

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand