Shedding some light on rules for recycling
A Palmerston North recycling guru has countered criticism the city council is too ‘‘picky’’ about what can go in recycling bins.
The complaint, posted on Neighbourly by city resident Phil Christensen, prompted an outpouring of comments from people who thought the council was not doing enough, and was making recycling too complicated.
Christensen said it was a shame if people used their recycling bin for rubbish that was clearly unacceptable.
But he said the council’s list of what could go where had become too long and complex, as well as having gaps in it.
Dozens of comments followed, many of them negative.
The behaviour change and education co-ordinator for City Networks, Sam Battman,
said the criticism was ‘‘a little disheartening’’, but it was great that people were talking and wanted to do better.
She said confusion arose when imported products had the recycling triangle on them, when there was no way to make them into something else.
‘‘We are doing as much as we can to collaborate with others and find solutions for more products.’’
One example of reacting to public pressure was the battery recycling pilot at the Ferguson St centre, which had become a permanent service.
People could drop off up to 2kg of household batteries, typically batteries from the remote controls, torches and phones, free of charge.
Battman said the city was in line to get a drop-off point where people could leave plastic shopping bags as part of the soft plastic recycling scheme next year.
She clarified the rules about meat trays. Polystyrene trays, often black, were rubbish.
Plastic trays, including those with a honeycomb base, needed a good rinse then were good for the recycling bin.
More details on what goes where is on the council’s website, the Guru’s guide to what goes where.