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Recycling update May 2020

Paper recycling resumes

Published: Wednesday 6 May 2020

Paper and cardboard recycling processing in Auckland will resume as normal for May, as Auckland Council has been able to secure an overseas market for up to 4000 tonnes of mixed paper and cardboard materials.

However, plastics numbered 3-7 will now need to be separated out after collection and sent to landfill as the council has been unable to secure a market for these materials. These plastics represent less than 4 per cent of the total recycling market in Auckland.

Plastics 3-7 are more difficult to recycle, and it is expected it could take at least three months before adequate markets resume. Recycling markets for paper and cardboard will be evaluated on a month to month basis.

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