On this page you will find out what is happening in the Council's Solid Waste Group
There is a lot happening in our Solid Waste World,but firstly we would like to thank all our wonderful recyclers. It is great to see the black or blue co-mingle and the red glass crates out on the kerbside on collection days, but it is also wonderful to see so many people using their recycling bins (the Drop off Centres).
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 taken direct to Auckland for recycling and the co-mingle is taken to our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Dannevirke to be sorted into the various types, which are then baled and transported to their recycling destinations.
This 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 transported to our landfill.
This type of sorting is a very efficient process 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 when recyclables are just dumped over the pit face at the transfer stations.
Although we are very good recyclers, we can still do better. To make us great recyclers, please make sure that you don’t put any recyclable material into your refuse bag and if you are taking rubbish to the transfer station, please sort through and place any recyclables into the Drop off Centres.
We do understand it can be complicated and we do appreciate all your hard recycling work. If you are not sure how to tell what is recyclable, please contact Council on 060857-8060 and ask to speak to a member of our Solid Waste team.
Many people have asked about the reuse shop at the Waipukurau transfer station and we are keen to get it open again as soon as possible. Watch out for further updates to follow.
So, let’s all have a War on Waste, future generations will thank us.
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