Re­cy­cling works well

Central Leader - - Letters - By Heather McCracken

Auck­land’s new ex­tra-large re­cy­cling bins have saved an av­er­age of 30 tonnes of waste go­ing to land­fill ev­ery day.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil says early fig­ures show the new col­lec­tion ser­vice has been suc­cess­ful.

Since the new 240-litre bins were in­tro­duced, daily waste to land­fill has re­duced by 10 per­cent, says en­vi­ron­men­tal and util­ity man­ager Michael McQuil­lan.

“That equates to nearly 30 tonnes a day di­verted from land­fill,” he says.

Mr McQuil­lan says fig­ures af­ter the first six months of the new ser­vice will be a firmer in­di­ca­tion of the ef­fect of the new ser­vice.

He says it’s also pleas­ing that less non-re­cy­clable ma­te­rial has been go­ing into the new wheelie bins than ex­pected.

“Peo­ple are us­ing their re­cy­cling bins sen­si­bly, and the con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els are the low­est seen in any of Visy’s in­ter­na­tional fa­cil­i­ties.”

Since June re­cy­clables have been col­lected and sorted at a ma­te­ri­als re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity in One­hunga, of­fi­cially opened by mayor John Banks and Manukau act­ing mayor Gary Troup last week.

The $21.9 mil­lion plant is op­er­ated by re­cy­cling com­pany Visy.

Global re­cy­cling di­rec­tor Steven Boland says the vol­ume of ma­te­rial re­cy­cled has ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

“There may be a num­ber of rea­sons for this, but the lay­out and the de­sign of the tech­nol­ogy has eas­ily coped with the ton­nages,” he says.

Mr Boland says the re­sults are a vote of con­fi­dence in the new sys­tem.

The fa­cil­ity also sorts re­cy­cling from Manukau, which has re­ported a 27 per­cent jump in re­cy­cling vol­umes.

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