Council workers to rifle by recycling in bid to enhance waste assortment



Christchurch Metropolis Council officers are about to snoop in your recycling.

Are you a gold sticker recycler?

You may quickly discover out as council officers begin checking yellow recycling bins over coming weeks.

From Monday a four-strong workforce will likely be finishing up spot checks on 7500 bins throughout Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to make sure residents haven’t put the unsuitable objects out for recycling.

Should you get it proper? You get a gold sticker slapped in your bin.

People need to show care in dumping their recyclables says 
George Knight, 87.


Folks want to point out care in dumping their recyclables says
George Knight, 87.

However for those who’ve blended your purchasing receipts, bottle lids or plastic baggage in together with your beer bottles and plastic trays you possibly can anticipate a be aware in your letter field with tips about how one can recycle accurately.

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“Our aim with these ongoing checks is to assist residents scale back the quantity of contamination they place of their kerbside recycling bins by ensuring they’re clear about what can and can’t be recycled,” metropolis council stable waste supervisor Ross Trotter mentioned.

Contaminated recycling is an issue in Christchurch, with 12 per cent of the typical home yellow bin full of non-recyclable waste that has to go to landfill.

“The explanation why we’re placing a lot effort into it’s because we need to make sure that we recycle as a lot as attainable,” Trotter mentioned.

George Knight, 87, of Merivale is happy for council officials to rifle through his bin.


George Knight, 87, of Merivale is completely happy for council officers to rifle by his bin.

“The businesses that take our recyclable materials have a low threshold for contamination. If a load has an excessive amount of of the unsuitable stuff in it, they are going to merely reject it and it will likely be despatched to landfill. “We need to keep away from that so we want to ensure persons are recycling proper.”

EcoCentral, Christchurch Metropolis Council’s waste administration firm, offers with 1000 tonnes of residential recycling each week.

Round 22,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard merchandise – equal to about 1000 40ft containers – and 2500 tonnes of blended plastics are exported yearly from Canterbury alone, despatched to websites in India and Malaysia.

However worldwide markets have clamped down on what recycling they’re keen to take, many refusing to take action as a result of materials is usually contaminated.


With many international locations banning imported wastes, Canterbury is eager to strive recycling regionally. (Video first revealed on November 11, 2019)

In November EcoCentral revealed it was examining whether it is viable for recycling to be dealt with on the South Island rather than shipped abroad.

Chief government Craig Downie mentioned recycling efforts have been too typically pissed off by individuals misunderstanding what was appropriate.

“The largest challenge for us is individuals utilizing yellow bins like a second garbage bin, and folks considering one thing might be recycled like lids on a bottle when it could’t be,” he mentioned. 

“Everyone has the correct thought and desires to do the correct factor, however they do not at all times do their due diligence and examine what might be recycled.”

Residents will now learn by leaflet drop when bin checkers are working of their space.

Council staff will be checking yellow bins across Christchurch from next week to ensure residents are recycling properly.

Stacy Squires/Stuff

Council workers will likely be checking yellow bins throughout Christchurch from subsequent week to make sure residents are recycling correctly.

Bins closely contaminated with non-recyclable supplies will likely be tagged and faraway from assortment rounds, and residents instructed why it has not been emptied.

Checked bins will likely be revisited at a later date to make sure persons are persevering with to recycle accurately.

The council additionally has a wheelie bins app that tells individuals what can go of their yellow bin.


– Cardboard, aluminium cans, glass bottles and jars, steel tins, plastic containers, aerosol cans, paper, plastic bottles and empty cleansing bottles can all be recycled.

– Don’t squash or crush bottles and containers, as they want form for Christchurch’s services to kind them accurately.

– Purchasing receipts and plastic baggage should go within the purple bin as they can’t be recycled.

– Rinse recycling to take away particles, empty bottles and throw lids within the purple bin.

Do not neglect – a gold star, sorry sticker, awaits.

Supply: CCC/EcoCentral.

Around 1000 tonnes of residential recycling is dealt with in Christchurch each week.


Round 1000 tonnes of residential recycling is handled in Christchurch every week.