Council ramps up war on recycling
Rethink, reuse and recycle is the catch cry as officials set their sights on reducing the district’s rubbish.
More than 75 per cent of rubbish going to landfill in Rangitı¯kei could be recycled as officials urge residents to create compost heaps, worm farms and use recycling centres after a recent survey caused alarm.
The Rangitı¯kei District Council study showed 39 per cent of the district’s rubbish going to landfill was organic kitchen waste, 22 per cent was plastic and 17 per cent paper.
These ‘‘waste products’’ could be reused and chief executive Ross McNeil urged residents to be mindful of the environment when disposing of them.
An agreement between Labour and the Greens last month committed to making a reduction in all types of waste going to landfill, within the next two years.
Kiwi households annually send around 2.5 million tonnes of waste to landfill each year, including around 350,000 tonnes of packaging, according to recycle.co.nz.
McNeil wanted the community to recycle organic kitchen waste into compost that could be reused in gardens.
‘‘Another alternative is a worm farm which is also a great way to get rid of kitchen scraps,’’ he said. ‘‘Places like Mitre 10 and Bunnings have work farm kits with helpful set-up guides to get you started.’’
Plastic, cans, paper and cardboard could be recycled for free at the council’s waste transfer stations, McNeil said. There are stations in Bulls, Hunterville, Mangaweka, Marton, Ratana and Taihape.
These stations came at a cost of $840,000 last year, with revenue from user charges amounting to $438,000 and contribution from rates $402,000.
The reuse shop at the Marton Transfer Station takes other items people think are too good to throw away, McNeil said.
These were sold at a small cost so others could make use of them.
‘‘By making use of composting, recycling and the Marton Reuse Shop you will end up saving space in your refuse bags, you will save money by not having to buy as many bags and you will save space at our landfills making them last longer.’’
The Palmerston North City Council was criticised last month for being too ‘‘picky’’ about what could go in recycling bins.
A complaint, posted on Neighbourly by city resident Phil Christensen, prompted an outpouring of comments from people who thought the council was making recycling too complicated.
Kitchen waste and plastics make up the most of Rangit¯ıkei’s rubbish.