User pays re­cy­cling

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In re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle Glass re­cy­cling is­sue mount­ing (Coastal News, Dec 7):

The Glass Pack­ag­ing Fo­rum scheme man­agers would like to point out that New Zealand busi­nesses hav­ing to pay for their glass re­cy­cling is noth­ing new.

Na­tion­ally, com­mer­cial glass re­cy­cling is a user-pays model.

How­ever, as Smart En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Gra­hame Chris­tian points out, in Whanga­mata they and the ratepay­ers have es­sen­tially been sub­si­dis­ing the cost for busi­nesses to have their glass re­cy­cled.

Now that this has come to an end we would like to en­cour­age those af­fected busi­nesses to seek out al­ter­na­tive op­tions for re­cy­cling their glass bot­tles.

There is still a re­cy­cling op­tion in Whanga­mata in the form of the Whanga­mata Refuse Trans­fer Sta­tion.

We com­mend the Whanga­mata RSA for lead­ing the way by tak­ing their sorted re­cy­cling to the trans­fer sta­tion, and en­cour­age them to con­tinue.

Glass has a great re­cy­cling story.

It is in­fin­itely re­cy­clable and New Zealand has a large glass bot­tle and jar man­u­fac­turer, O-I New Zealand, which uses 70 per cent re­cy­cled glass in its man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Glass should never wasted by go­ing to land­fill. DO­MINIC SAL­MON

Scheme man­ager Glass Pack­ag­ing Fo­rum Scheme Man­agers

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