Recycle plant has got it covered
When new recycling bins are pushed to the kerb for the first time on June 30, this is where the cans, bottles, plastic and paper is headed.
The $21.9 million sorting plant being built in Onehunga is due to start operating by June.
Workers celebrated completing the roof on the 6000square metre building last week.
“It’s been a key milestone to get that roof on, which allows us to move forward with the interior,” says Visy New Zealand general manager Michael Franks.
The plant will sort 70,000 tonnes of recyclables from Auckland and Manukau residents every year – enough to fill 464 Olympic-size swimming pools.
The material will move through the plant at three metres a second, fast enough to keep up with a daily delivery of about 60 truckloads.
“These are really exciting plants to run, very fast and dynamic,” Mr Franks says.
The plant uses optical sensing equipment to sort paper, plastic, steel, aluminium and glass.
Manual processing is only used for screening dangerous items like car batteries, gas bottles and concrete blocks.
The new plant will have an education centre and viewing platform where visitors can see the sorting machines operating. An open day is also planned for later in the year.
From June 30, recycling will be collected fortnightly in large wheelie bins now being delivered to households in both cities.
Mr Franks says the change has resulted in a 10 to 15 percent increase in recycling elsewhere.
Auckland City Council is aiming for even better results, predicting a lift of between 15 and 25 percent.
City development committee chairman Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says it will be a major contribution to reducing landfill.
“We want the best facilities available so residents can recycle as much as possible.”
Delivery of 150,000 bluelidded 240-litre bins is now under way.
An information pack is attached with details on the new collection service. If your bin has not arrived by June 30, call 379-2028.
Sorting shed: Visy New Zealand general manager Michael Franks, left, and public affairs manager Geoff Potts in the Onehunga recycling plant due for completion in June.