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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