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COVID-19 impacts overseas fibre recycling market

Kerbside recycling services are not affected and continue as normal

Published: Wednesday 6 May 2020

Editor's Note: All mixed paper and cardboard collected in Auckland are being recycled again after they were sent to landfill in April due to global COVID-19 restrictions.

Media release April 2020

All mixed paper and cardboard recycling collected in Auckland will temporarily be sent to landfill because global COVID-19 restrictions have closed Auckland’s overseasmarket for processing them.

There is currently no capacity in New Zealand to process Auckland’s volumes of paper and cardboard recyclables.

Despite the change, Auckland’s kerbside recycling collection services will continue as normal as part of the essential services still being delivered by the council while the Alert Level 4 restrictions are in place. Aucklanders should continue to put their recycling bins out on the kerbside by 7am on their usual collection day.

Councillor Richard Hills, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee says,

“My key message to Aucklanders is, still keep putting your paper and cardboard in your recycling bin as usual while we change how we deal with it in the backend.

“Auckland Council sends fibre, such as paper and cardboard overseas to be recycled, but with countries around the world shutting their borders, that is not an option. While it isn’t ideal, we have no choice but to landfill these items at this time.

“Our focus will be to make sure Aucklanders can still recycle with as little disruption as possible.

For the full media release, please visit Our Auckland