Change in plastics to be recycled

A reduction in recycling markets and a bid to improve the quality of recycling has prompted the Dunedin City Council to change what it will collect in its yellow-lidded kerbside wheelie bins.

Council waste and environment solutions education and promotions officer Catherine Gledhill said from Monday the council will only collect tins, cans, aluminium, paper and type 1, 2 and 5 plastics in the yellow-lidded bins.

It will no longer collect type 3, 4, 6 or 7 plastics, which are difficult to recycle, or lids, caps and spray triggers which contaminate other recyclables such as paper and cardboard.

Soft plastics, such as plastic bags and "sleeves" on rigid containers need to be removed, and expanded polystyrene that is often used for packaging will no longer be collected.

Hazardous items, including garden chemicals, herbicides and pesticides cannot be recycled.

Dunedin City Council waste and environment solutions education and promotions officer Catherine...
Dunedin City Council waste and environment solutions education and promotions officer Catherine Gledhill displays some of the plastics that have been approved for recycling in the yellow-lidded wheelie bins. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
"It’s about being a little more conscious at the supermarket and maybe checking the bottom or the back of the package to make sure that when it’s empty, it can actually be recycled rather than having to go to the bin."

She said the yellow recycling bins would continue to be randomly inspected at the kerbside to make sure the contents were clean and correct.

Residents would be provided with information if they were not.

"We will also be looking for the 6% of households that are using the recycling bin as a rubbish bin.

"There are numerous things, like nappies, that are quite blatantly not meant for the yellow-lidded bin.

"We’ll be paying particular attention to those folks."


The article states you should check if things can be recycled yet they will not take items that can be recycled because they are difficult. While means they go into the landfill which is another cost we have to pay along with increased rates for not increase on service. You would think with a green council we would be improving things look at all the headlines DCC Dunedin is at risk of becoming irrelevant time to actually do something positive

Sounds ambitious, good luck with that!

Are we supposed to go through our bins in the next 2 days to sort everything? Typical DCC not thinking ahead and advising their rate payers in advance!

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