Environment Minister Amy Adams has launched the country’s first service station forecourt recycling scheme to collect one of the major sources of cans, bottles and cups.
The venture between BP and Coca-Cola New Zealand, with support from the Love NZ organisation, will initially install recycling bins at 30 sites across Auckland within the next two months and a total of 80 nationwide.
The project will liaise with suppliers, recyclers and councils in each region to set up effective paper cup recycling.
Based on trials, it is expected each of the 80 recycling “bintainers” will collect 695kg of recyclable material, equivalent to 25,000 bottles and cans a month.
Love NZ chairwoman Nicky Wagner says only 18% of waste material collected is recycled.
“We now have more than 1000 permanent recycling bins around the country and around 2000 mobile event recycling bins but we need more so that recycling bins are as available as waste bins.
“The ultimate goal is to get 100 million drinks and food containers recycled.”
BP Connect’s Wild Bean Cafés is the country’s major retailer of hot coffee, while Coca-Cola is the market leader in cold beverages.
Each year New Zealanders use:
- 15,438 tonnes of plastic packaging = 400 million plastic drink bottles.
- 1293 tonnes of aluminium cans = 76 million cans.
- 22,915 tonnes of glass packaging = 129 million beer bottles.
- Around 5000 tonnes of paperboard packaging such as cups and cartons.
Source: Love NZ
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- iPredict closing down due to money laundering risk
- Pumpkin Patch affirms guidance for weaker 2016 earnings, shares drop
- Sir Ralph Norris spells out reasons for Fonterra board departure
- Serco's prison report challenge: Hide and Davis go head-to-head
- Xero directors Drury, Winkler and Morgan cash in on 35% share price rally
Most listened to
- “A very ballsy thing to do” – Rodney Hide and Kelvin Davis discuss Serco’s response to Correction’s Mt Eden Prison report
- “The response from shareholders has been overwhelming” — A2 Corporation chief executive Geoff Babidge
- Greg Gent says a board of 13 people is "prehistoric"
- Arvida CEO Bill McDonald on his company's half-year net profit
- Lance Wiggs on the future of food exports
- Auckland Councillor Chris Darby on the Council's alternative funding report
- Nevil Gibson discusses his latest Editor's Insight on oil prices
- Campbell Gibson, Nick Grant and Chelsea Armitage chat about the inner workings of New Zealand media
- Paul Brislen discusses the 'snake oil' sales tactics of SalesConcepts
- Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings reveals his ambitious China plan
- UDC Finance chief executive Wayne Percival talks about the company's profit
- Hamish McNicol discusses the latest court stories