Out­rage af­ter re­cy­cling found in land­fill

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An Auck­land res­i­dent was out­raged to see hun­dreds of re­cy­clable plas­tic bot­tles be­ing dumped at a refuse sta­tion.

Gerard Le Mesurier, who lives in west Auck­land, was drop­ping off do­mes­tic waste at the One­hunga Refuse Sta­tion when he saw hun­dreds of clear and black plas­tic rub­bish bags filled with plas­tic bot­tles and other re­cy­clable items dumped.

The man dump­ing the rub­bish said it was from the first Lions ver­sus All Blacks test at Eden Park and it was com­mon prac­tice af­ter ev­ery game, match or event, Le Mesurier said.

‘‘We were shocked at their prac­tice,’’ Le Mesurier said.

An Eden Park spokes­woman would not con­firm or deny that the dumped bot­tles were from the game. Eden Park had a re­cy­cling pro­gram with

128 re­cy­cling bins and 127 gen­eral waste bins which were reg­u­larly changed dur­ing events, she said.

‘‘The re­cy­cle bins have clear plas­tic lin­ers so that the con­tents can be checked vis­ually that they are not con­tam­i­nated with food waste.’’

The spokes­woman said dur­ing events small num­bers of re­cy­cling bags could be­come con­tam­i­nated, re­sult­ing in dis­posal through the gen­eral waste sys­tem.

Kim Ren­shaw, is the founder of Be­yond the Bin, a waste ed­u­ca­tion so­cial en­ter­prise spe­cial­is­ing in event man­age­ment.

She said if bins were con­tam­i­nated with food they would of­ten be sent to land­fill. She said event or­gan­is­ers could avoid this by hav­ing a waste man­ager who mon­i­tors and sorts the rub­bish.

WasteMINZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Evans said if re­cy­clables were col­lected separately, and con­tam­i­na­tion was man­aged ef­fec­tively, there shouldn’t be a bar­rier to re­cy­cling bot­tles.

‘‘If the re­cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture is in­ad­e­quate, or sig­nage is poor, there can be the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant con­tam­i­na­tion which could also re­sult in re­cy­clables go­ing to land­fill.’’

‘‘If the re­cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture is in­ad­e­quate, or sig­nage is poor, there can be the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant con­tam­i­na­tion which could also re­sult in re­cy­clables go­ing to land­fill.’’

SUPPLIED

WasteMINZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Evans Hun­dreds of bags filled with plas­tic bot­tles were dumped at the One­hunga Refuse Sta­tion.

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