Coun­cil ramps up war on re­cy­cling

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Your Local News - SAM KILMISTER

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.

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