The Dunedin City Council is introducing biodegradable parking
meter receipts to all of the city's pay and display meters.
Community and Environment committee chairwoman Cr Jinty
MacTavish said the move followed two years of research and
trials, including an unsuccessful attempt to use paperless
At present, 90% of the about 400 pay and display meters in
Dunedin issued biodegradable receipts.
Cr MacTavish said the initiative reduced litter on beaches
and sea pollution.
They had no plastic coating and could be recycled in
residents' yellow kerbside bins.
Rolls of the new ticket were phased in as the plastic-coated
receipt rolls were used up.
There was no extra cost involved with the new receipts, which
were sourced from the same Auckland supplier.
''This great result shows how rewarding it can be - and how
simple it can be - to continually refine our practices in
line with our vision of becoming a zero waste city,'' Cr