User pays recycling
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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