Get in the Habit of Reducing Non-Recyclables

18 May 2016

We are recycling more than ever, but we could do better. That’s the message from Taranaki’s three councils seven months into the new rubbish and recycling system.

“Nationally most places have eight per cent of non-recyclable items in their recycling, but in Taranaki we have 12 per cent at the moment,” says Manager Water and Wastes Mark Hall.

“We understand there have been a lot of changes to adapt to but we want people to be aware of the do’s and don’ts of recycling before the bad habits set in and become hard to break.”

The only things that should be in the blue glass crate are unbroken, clean jars and bottles, while the mixed recycling wheelie bins take clean paper, cardboard, tins, aluminium cans, and plastic bottles and containers stamped with the recycling numbers 1-7 on them.

“If in doubt, leave it out and contact your council to check – or visit their websites for a comprehensive list of what’s recyclable and what’s not,” says Mr Hall.

Some of the non-recyclable items that are turning up in recycling bins include plastic bags, clothing, wood, gas bottles, toner cartridges and medical waste.

“On average we have four 9m3 skips of non-recyclable items from the recycling bins that need to be taken to the landfill every day. Not only is this inefficient, costly and adding to the landfill, but some of the non-recyclables put the team at the Material Recovery Facility in danger, so please try to get it right,” he says.

A useful tool for Taranaki residents who want to check their rubbish collection day or recyclable materials is the NPDC Rubbish and Recycling app. Just go to Google Play or the App Store on your smartphone and search for 'NPDC rubbish'.