Re­cy­cle plant has got it cov­ered

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

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.

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