Where we rate on recycling
presented by Summer Shakespeare, The Dell, Wellington Botanic Garden, until February 27. Tickets available at the site. There is little consistency in council recycling policies around the Wellington region.
The most proactive councils have weekly kerbside collection of glass, paper products and plastics, as well as free recycling stations.
Porirua City Council has a weekly kerbside recycling collection. There are no transfer stations, but recycling can be dropped at Spicer Landfill free.
Wellington City has a weekly kerbside recycling collection, but no local recycling transfer stations.
Kapiti Coast District Council does not provide collection services, but four contractors collect on a user-pays basis, and it has three transfer stations.
Hutt City shares Silverstream Landfill with Upper Hutt, but the two councils’ policies are in stark contrast.
Hutt City Council provides weekly kerbside collections and four free recycling transfer stations, as well as one commercial one, and residents can drop recycling at Silverstream Landfill for a fee.
Upper Hutt City Council has contracted Waste Management to collect recycling from the kerbside.
The Wairarapa district councils have weekly kerbside collections and free recycling transfer stations.
The first harvest from a community garden at Arohata Prison was picked and handed over to Kiwi Community Assistance last Tuesday. The Tawa garden, opened in mid-December, is on prison grounds, but is managed by Porirua Community Corrections with help from community volunteers. About 35 kilograms of fresh produce was picked. Kiwi Community Assistance’s Tracey Wellington said she was amazed at the size of the garden and the quality of what was growing. Four crates were collected by the community organisation, with each including potatoes, green beans, silverbeet, and beetroot.