Lots of ways to recycle
THEY may be nearly obsolete but Auckland’s recycling bins are getting a new lease of life.
One Mt Albert family has found a multitude of uses for the bins, which will be replaced on Monday with larger wheelie bins.
Julie Craig was given a stack of recycling bins by her brother, who had been using them as props in a show, and decided to put them to good use.
“We used to live in Manurewa and when we moved, we took our entire garden with us in recycling bins. We planted some into the garden and kept some in the bins.”
Having a mobile garden allowed the Craig family to grow more tomatoes this year because they could move their bins into sunny areas.
Mrs Craig’s husband Derek is the gardener at the Howick Historical Village and both have horticultural backgrounds.
They are part of the Heritage Seed Savers, an organisation that grows heritage plants and swaps seeds, so they have a seed bank between friends.
“We have a real interest in heritage foods and it’s cheaper to grow from seed. Starting kids off growing from seed is great. Each bin could be a child’s garden.”
At the moment, her recycling bins contain beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, silverbeet, rhubarb and carrots.
Even Mrs Craig’s grandmother has taken to making bin gardens.
“She has five bins upside down with another five with plants in them on top. She can’t kneel down in the garden anymore, but with the bins she doesn’t have to.”
Auckland city councillor Peseta Sam LotuIiga says there has been a number of ideas for the bins, including using them on boats and as compost containers.