Res­i­dents take hard line on soft plas­tics

North Harbour News - - IN BUSINESS - AMY BAKER

North Auck­land shop­pers are among the top in the city for help­ing to in­crease Auck­land’s soft plas­tic re­cy­cling ef­forts.

Res­i­dents in the Glen­field, New Lynn, Birken­head and Al­bany ar­eas are en­gag­ing with the Love NZ Soft Plas­tics pro­gramme to keep soft plas­tics out of land­fill.

The ar­eas were in the top four, re­spec­tively, for pro­duc­ing the most bags of re­cy­cling col­lected at Pak ‘n Save and New World out­lets.

More than 130 of the city’s stores take part in the scheme an ini­tia­tive which sees green bins placed at re­tail out­lets, tak­ing all types of soft plas­tic pack­ag­ing not able to be re­cy­cled in the nor­mal coun­cil col­lec­tion.

That’s pretty much any­thing plas­tic that can be scrunched up - bread bags, bis­cuit and chip pack­ets, toi­let pa­per wrap­ping, and of course, plas­tic bags.

From 2016 to 2017, the pro­gramme has seen dou­ble the amount of soft plas­tic waste col­lected na­tion­wide from 119 tonnes to 367 tonnes.

Soft Plas­tic Re­cy­cling Scheme man­ager Lyn Mayes said ex­pan­sion of the pro­gramme and res­i­dents re­al­is­ing what it was about had helped.

‘‘Vol­umes are go­ing up week on week, and peo­ple’s aware­ness about what they can re­cy­cle is im­prov­ing.

‘‘Peo­ple at the start thought it was about plas­tic car­rier bags they now re­alise it’s about a whole range of soft plas­tic pack­ag­ing.’’

The pro­gramme has been run­ning since Novem­ber 2015 and is funded by around 50 brands that use soft plas­tics, and re­tail­ers. Each store in­volved in the pro­gramme pays for their col­lec­tion bin and con­trib­utes to its weekly ser­vic­ing costs.

Once col­lected, plas­tic is de­liv­ered to Re­plas in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, a com­pany which pro­duces re­cy­cled plas­tic prod­ucts. Tri­als are cur­rently be­ing run with New Zealand­based pro­ces­sors.

219 Don McKin­non Drive, Al­bany Con­stel­la­tion & Park­way Drive, Rosedale

Royal Rd & Royal Heights, Massey

7 Fred Tay­lor Drive, North­West Shop­ping Cen­tre, Massey

West­gate City Cen­tre, Fern­hill Drive, Massey 17-19 Fred Tay­lor Drive, Massey

AMY BAKER/STUFF

Ki­wis in­creased their soft plas­tic re­cy­cling by more than dou­ble from 2016 to 2017.

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