Funding for recycling facilities

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New recycling facilities are to be built in the Selwyn alpine villages of Arthur’s Pass and Castle Hill.

The funding for the facilities has come from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund which was established in 2009, and is funded by a levy charged on waste disposed of at landfills.

Selwyn MP Amy Adams said she was delighted the recycling stations will be established in the two Selwyn communities.

“These two communities have previously not had access to recycling facilities, despite local residents and businesses having been keen to establish a permanent and sustainable recycling service for some time.” 

The project will establish recycling stations in three locations, two in Arthur’s Pass and one in Castle Hill, using large customised converted shipping containers. The first recycling station was launched in Arthur’s Pass earlier this year, with the remaining two recycling stations to open later this year.

The proposed system will recover approximately 40 tonne of recyclables per annum.

“The system will enable residents, businesses and tourists to access a convenient recycling facility accepting the full range of kerbside recyclables: glass bottles, plastics, aluminium and steel cans, paper and cardboard,” Ms Adams said. 

“Giving residents, holiday home owners, businesses and tourists the opportunity to recycle will reduce dumping of recyclable waste and help preserve this unique environment.” said Ms Adams. 

Over $60 million has been awarded through the Waste Minimisation Fund to more than 100 projects to date.