Recycling works well
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.