Auckland Council introduces rural recycling bins
Recycling will be significantly easier from next week for residents in rural Franklin, with the start of Auckland Council’s fortnightly roadside collection service to almost 7,000 properties.
Until now, rural recyclers have had to take their recyclable materials to drop off locations – many of which operate on alternate weekends.
Ian Stupple, Auckland Council Waste Solutions General Manager, says feedback about the introduction of the new service has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Rural residents have really embraced recycling – even though it’s meant a trip in the car to drop it off. The roadside collection service is a major step forward and brings rural Franklin onto the same service as the rest of Auckland,” he says.
Mr Stupple encourages residents to sign up for the free text reminder service for the new recycling collections, which start the week beginning 31 October. Simply text your address to 3169 and you will be send a reminder the day before your next collection.
“This is an additional service Auckland Council provides to help residents transition to new collection days. It runs for three recycling collections and has proved a great tool in other rollouts.”
Recycling bin etiquette
A surprising number of items can be recycled as part of the kerbside collection including plastic, glass, metal and cardboard packaging containers from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry can go in the bin. Paper, cardboard and milk & juice cartons, e.g. Tetra Pak cartons, can also go in the bin. Click here for more information on what can be recycled.
Residents are asked to rinse and squash all containers and leave the lids on all bottles and containers.
Bins need to be roadside by 7am on collection day.
But no plastic bags, please
Plastic bags and other soft plastics still can’t go in the recycling bins as they clog up the recycling machinery.
The good news is that a number of supermarkets and shops - including New World, Pak’n’Save, Countdown and The Warehouse - have set up collection points for soft plastics and packaging. Click here to find your nearest store.
By this we mean shopping bags, bread bags, frozen food bags, the plastic wrap around items such as toilet and kitchen towel rolls, empty chip packets, pasta and rice as well as food wrap.
Basically, anything made of plastic that can be scrunched into a ball.
The returned soft plastics are shipped to a facility in Melbourne that turns the plastic into a variety of products including bollards, traffic speed bumps, decking and tracking, and outdoor furniture.
Where does the recycling go?
Good question! Click here to watch a video on Auckland's recycling.