On this page you will find out what is happening in the Council's Solid Waste Group
Level 1 Update: Effective Tuesday 9 June, 2020
Level 2 Update: Effective Wednesday 13 May, 2020
Level 3 Update: Effective Monday 11.59pm 27 April, 2020
All our recycling is collected into two broad groups, co-mingle which is plastics, metal cans, paper and cardboard, and also into glass bottles and jars. The glass is separated into the three colours, green, brown and clear and taken direct to Auckland for recycling. The co-mingle is either taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Kopu, Thames or to another MRF, Earthcare Environmental in Masterton where it is sorted into the various types, which are then baled and transported to various destinations for further processing.
Depending on market forces, our recycling can be transported to other MRFs for sorting and processing. Our contractors try to keep all our recycling within New Zealand, but this can vary, depending on overseas markets.
Sorting our recycling is a very manual process, where the recycling material is loaded on to a conveyor belt. On each side of the conveyor, operators physically pick off the metal cans, plastic, paper and cardboard and place them into fadges for baling. The material that isn’t suitable for recycling is then landfilled.
This type of sorting captures as much recyclable material as possible, but unfortunately a lot of material that is recyclable still ends up as rubbish and is dumped into our landfill. This reason this happens is because recyclables are put in refuse bags and put out for kerbside collection or recyclables are just dumped over the pit face at the transfer stations.
Central Hawke's Bay District Council's Waste Management and Minimisation Plan sets out the priorities and a strategic framework to minimise and manage the waste in our district. You can view a copy of the plan here
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