More than one green coun­try

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO -

Not sur­pris­ingly, New Zealand is not the only clean green na­tion.

In­trepid South­land Waste­busters sec­re­tary Jenny Camp­bell spent time in Is­rael re­cently and found there was more to waste min­imi­sa­tion and re­cy­cling there than meets the eye.

Camp­bell re­ported that food waste from most restau­rants and shops is col­lected and com­posted lo­cally, while con­tainer de­posit leg­is­la­tion seems to be a great mo­ti­va­tor for re­cy­cling of glass, plas­tic bot­tles cans.

This law means that there is a 0.3ILS de­posit ( about 10 New Zealand cents) on most bev­er­age con­tain­ers, which is col­lected at the point of sale. When the con­tainer is re­turned to a re­cy­cling cen­tre, or to the orig­i­nal seller, the de­posit is re­funded.

Busi­nesses are re­quired to ac­cept bot­tles if they sold them.

Is­rael is also home to Hiria re­cy­cling park, one of the largest fa­cil­i­ties of its


alu­minium kind in the world. This 60 me­tre high mound is quite spec­tac­u­lar and less than a decade ago was an ac­tive land­fill.

This year the park will add a re­cy­cling plant for tyres, one for build­ing ma­te­ri­als, and another that turns plant prun­ings into ground cover that will help to con­serve ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter.

What are your thoughts on South Waikato’s re­cy­cling sys­tem? Email swaikato. edi­tor and let us know.

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