New recycling crates being delivered

Pictured  delivering the new crates to homes in Meadowstone are (from left) delivery staff member...
Pictured delivering the new crates to homes in Meadowstone are (from left) delivery staff member James Britton, of Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes District Council solid wastes manager Stefan Borowy, of Queenstown, recycling truck owner-operator Brett Morrow, of Wanaka, and delivery staff Sebastian Spaeter and Alexander Mehr, both of Wanaka. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
About 5500 households in Wanaka and surrounds will receive a new recycling crate this week as recycling contractor Smart Environmental Limited prepares to launch its service in the area from March 5.

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.



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