How to recycle the tricky stuff
Trying to reduce your household rubbish? Here are some tips to sidestep the landfill option for some familiar stumbling blocks:
Polystyrene can’t be added to your household recycling bin, and is a bulky and lingering addition to landfill.
Hope Moulded Polystyrene will accept ‘‘reasonably fresh and clean’’ polystyrene, such as the extra packaging from new appliances, to be repurposed.
There is no charge for small amounts; commercial quantities may incur a charge.
Hope Moulded Polystyrene is located at 41 Aniseed Valley Road, Hope.
CHILDREN’S CAR SEATS
Once they have reached their expiry dates, legally car seats cannot be used. This is the case for more than 40,000 seats in New Zealand every year.
The SeatSmart scheme has established depots nationwide where expired car seats, boosters and capsules can be dropped off and sent away for recycling. There is a $10 cost per seat.
The Nelson/ Tasman depot is Baby on the Move, 4 Akersten St, Port Nelson.
Billions of coffee capsules end up in landfill every year. Nespresso, one of the main players, is trying to mitigate this by offering free drop-off depots for the pods, so that they can be sent away and recycled. The pods – Nespresso brand only - are to be put into ziplock bags to avoid leakage. Depots include: Expressions Florist in Nelson, Angelica Flowers in Stoke, Bluebell Florist in Richmond and the Motueka Floral Studio.
You’re probably aware that many supermarkets are now drop-off points for soft plastic recycling, but have you read the fine print? Foil wrappers, such as chip and biscuit packets, are also considered soft plastics. Here’s a tip: if you crush it and it unscrunches, it’s plastic. You can also recycle yoghurt and baby food squeeze pouches – no need to remove the hard plastic spout.
Soft plastic recycling is at any New World, Countdown and Pak n Save supermarkets.
BROKEN BITS AND PIECES?
Opportunity shops are a great outlet for your good quality secondhand items, but they generally can’t take on things that are a bit more scuffed or broken.
However, offering these items for free on Neighbourly or a local Facebook page can yield surprising results, as somebody might see a different purpose for your broken bedframe or cracked water tank, or they might have the skills to fix them.
It’s worth asking the question before paying to take these things to landfill – after all, you know what they say about one person’s trash!
Try www.neighbourly.co.nz, or search for Buy Sell Swap Facebook groups within your area.
Nespresso coffee pods can be dropped off at several depots for recycling.