Re­cy­cling for alpine vil­lages

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HE­LENA O'NEILL

New ‘‘kea-proof’’ re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties will be in­stalled in two Sel­wyn alpine vil­lages this year.

The Gov­ern­ment an­nounced last week that it would pro­vide $155,500 to build re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties in Cas­tle Hill and Arthur’s Pass.

‘‘These two com­mu­ni­ties have been keen to es­tab­lish re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties for some time,’’ As­so­ciate En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Scott Simp­son said.

The fa­cil­i­ties would give lo­cals, hol­i­day home own­ers, busi­nesses and tourists a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to re­cy­cle and ‘‘bet­ter pre­serve this unique en­vi­ron­ment’’.

About 250,000 tourists visit Arthur’s Pass ev­ery year. A re­view of the vil­lage’s waste bins dur­ing win­ter re­vealed up to 30 per cent of the con­tents were re­cy­clable. The fig­ure was ex­pected to reach 40 per cent in sum­mer, when tourist num­bers spiked.

The new re­cy­cling sta­tions, made from con­verted ship­ping con­tain­ers, would re­cover about 40 tonnes of re­cy­clables each year, in­clud­ing glass bot­tles, plas­tics, alu­minum and steel cans, card­board, and paper.

The con­tain­ers would be fit­ted with kea-proof flaps to re­duce any risk to the highly-in­quis­i­tive birds. Smaller public re­cy­cling bins would also be in­stalled in main streets.

The first re­cy­cling sta­tion was launched in Arthur’s Pass ear­lier this year.

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