Recycling for alpine villages
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.