Council seeks sites for more inner-city recycling hubs

Dunedin City Council solid waste manager Catherine Irvine at the Moray Pl site. Photo: Gerard O...
Dunedin City Council solid waste manager Catherine Irvine at the Moray Pl site. Photo: Gerard O'Brien

Two Dunedin inner-city recycling hubs have been so successful since their installation last year the Dunedin City Council is looking for spaces for more.

The first neighbourhood recycling drop-off was opened in Moray Pl in May 2017, and a second similar facility was put in place in Vogel St last October.

They were provided for inner-city residents who did not have recycling bins or access to kerbside recycling.

Feedback from people using the facilities had been very positive, DCC waste and environmental solutions education and promotions officer Catherine Gledhill said yesterday.

''The success of the two sites has been proven by the volumes of recycling collected in that period.

''Up to May this year, 18.5tonnes of glass and 18.3tonnes of other recycling had been collected. And we had to remove only 425kg of non-recyclables - about 1% contamination - which is low,'' Ms Gledhill said.

As part of the recycling initiative, the DCC provided residents with free fabric bags specially created from recycled materials - coffee bean sacks and car seat belts - and with recycling guidelines printed in water-based ink on a calico panel on the inside of the bag.

The recycling hubs in Moray Pl and Vogel St were built by ZealSteel and designed to celebrate and complement their local surroundings. At night they are lit by LEDs.

The council wants to create another four hubs in the CBD and waste minimisation officer Leigh McKenzie would like to hear from any business or property owner with a suitable space in the central city.

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