Get your summer recycling sorted

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Selwyn District Council is encouraging residents to help the environment and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by making sure they dispose of holiday-season recyclables responsibly this summer.

Household recycling in Selwyn has been steadily increasing in volume from 4,982 tonnes in the year to June 2016 to 5,385 tonnes in the year to June 2017, according to Selwyn District Council Solid Waste Manager, Andrew Boyd. 

“It’s great to see the increase in recycling taking place. The summer holidays are a time when people generate more recyclables than throughout the rest of the year,” Mr Boyd said.

“All recyclable items must be loose in the yellow bin so they can be easily separated for recycling, not placed inside a plastic bag as the machinery that sorts recycling rejects bagged items as rubbish. “Soft plastics including newspaper wrap and cling film can’t be recycled through the kerbside recycling system, only empty supermarket plastic bags are accepted.”

Mr Boyd said recyclables must be emptied and cleaned before being put into recycle bins.

“Takeaway coffee cups have a thin plastic coating on the inside so that they can hold liquid, and for this reason they can’t be recycled and need to be put into the rubbish bin. “Drinking glasses or crockery also can’t be recycled as these differ from glass bottles and end up contaminating the recyclable glass.”

He said non-foil Christmas gift wrapping paper can be recycled rather than put into the rubbish.

For a full list of what you can’t and can’t recycle people can visit selwyn.govt.nz/kerbsideguide, or request a free sticker for the recycling bin with this information by contacting the Council on 347 2857 or 318 8338.

Rubbish and recycling collections scheduled on Christmas Day (Monday, December 25) will take place the prior Saturday 23 while refuse collections scheduled on New Year’s Day will take place the prior Saturday (December 30). All other collection days will proceed as normal.

Mr Boyd said the Pines Resource Recovery Park (transfer station) at Rolleston is also open most days over the holidays and has a drop off area where most recyclables can be dropped at no cost.