Wine bottles are green
"If in doubt about what colour slot to put a wine bottle in,
put it in the green, unless the wine bottle is clear."
It’s been almost six months since the Eketahuna Landfill closed and a new method of glass recycling was introduced to the district.
With glass no longer being sent to the landfill where it was re-used as temporary cover material, Tararua District Council in conjunction with Palmerston North City Council began sending all of its glass for recycling to O-I Glass Recyclers in Auckland.
This meant one major change for residents –all glass had to be colour sorted as it was disposed of.
To enable this, Council converted shipping containers, which are partitioned into three separate compartments for colour sorting into clears, greens and browns.
To ensure there was no confusion, signage was also installed at all depots showing clearly what colour glass went where and what glass could not be recycled.
Initially colour sorting caused some confusion with people and this still appears to be an issue with some people.
Pete Sinclair, Tararua District Council, Plant and Property contracts supervisor says, while there has been some improvement in public sorting there is still room for a lot more.
"The main problem still is the greeny-brown wine bottles going into the brown slot instead of the green.
"If in doubt about what colour slot to put a wine bottle in, put it in the green, unless the wine bottle is clear."
Posters are currently being designed that when completed will be put on each glass recycling bin. It is hoped these will help guide people to the correct slot.