Changes to Glass Recycling

Big changes to Tararua glass recycling

As from the 1 July a new method of glass recycling will begin in Tararua.
Until now glass collected from drop off centres throughout the district has been sent to the Eketahuna Landfill, to be re-used as temporary cover material.

With this facility closing on 30 June, council has had to find an alternative location for glass to be sent to.

From 1 July Tararua District Council, in conjunction with Palmerston North City Council will send all of its glass for recycling to O-I Glass Recyclers, Auckland.

One major change to glass recycling for residents is that all glass must be colour sorted as it is disposed of. 

To enable this, Council has converted shipping containers, which are partitioned into three separate compartments for colour sorting into clears, greens and browns. These containers will be situated at current recycling sites except for Norsewood and Ormondville where due to lack of space, there will be smaller separate bins for each glass colour.

Separating the colours is critical, as failing to put the glass into the correct place will see O-I Glass Recyclers reject the load and deposit it into landfill at council’s expense. 

Signage will be installed at all depots showing clearly which colour glass goes where and what glass cannot be recycled.

Solid Waste Services (Dvke) Ltd was the successful tenderer for the contract to collect the glass from the districts recycling sites and load and weigh the different colours separately at its new base in Dannevirke, adjacent to its recycling plant.

This will enable council to know exactly how much glass is being recycled from each centre.

O-I Glass Recyclers pay for the glass which is good for the ratepayer as this helps defray the cost of transport to Auckland.


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