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.


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.


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.neigh­, or search for Buy Sell Swap Face­book groups within your area.

Ne­spresso cof­fee pods can be dropped off at sev­eral de­pots for re­cy­cling.

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