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Each property will have two crates, one for glass and the other for all other recyclables. Smart Environmental will collect from both crates once a week using a new low-entry vehicle requiring only a driver and no runner. Glass will be colour-sorted at the kerbside and all other materials collected and sorted at the Wakatipu Recycling Centre.
The glass would then go to Auckland to be recycled back in to bottles, which was a "cost-neutral" solution, a change from the glass being crushed and used in the district's road base at a cost to the ratepayer, Mr Borowy said.
Street collection days have been revised and are detailed in a brochure distributed with the new crates.
Wanaka Wastebusters, which lost the recycling contract to Smart Environmental, will continue to operate a commercial recycling collection service and be open for customers to drop off recyclables on a user-pays basis.