Change coming to recycling in the Clutha District
Change is coming to Clutha District Council’s recycling service from 1 February, 2021.
From Monday, February 1 Council will only collect plastic types 1, 2 and 5 and will no longer accept plastic types 3, 4, 6 and 7.
Clutha District Council Service Delivery Manager Jules Witt said that there has been significant research into the benefits of standardisation of kerbside recycling across the country.
Standardising materials to be recycled in kerbside collections increases consistency, reduces confusion for householders, and reduces contamination according to the Ministry for the Environment in a new report ‘Standardising Kerbside Collections in Aotearoa’.
“Clutha District Council is joining many other Council’s across the country who have already made this change to move away from hard-to-recycle, low value plastics,” Mr Witt said.
Mr Witt said Council was committed to helping Clutha District residents prepare and understand the changes they will need to make.
Plastic types 1, 2, and 5 are used to make things like milk bottles and ice cream containers and can be recycled.
Plastics types 3, 4, 6 and 7 are - found in things like biscuit trays, tomato sauce bottles, sour cream and yoghurt pottles and some takeaway food containers – these will no longer be recycled and need to go into the rubbish bin.
Lids, triggers and pumps would also now need to be removed as these are often made from different plastic to the container or bottle and may contain different types of plastics or even metal in its make up.
Mr Witt said if people did not implement the plastic recycling changes they would be contaminating their recycling bin.
Council will continue to do random recycling inspections at the kerbside to make sure the contents are clean and have be recycled as per the new rules.
When Council contractors find incorrect recycling as part of these inspections they provided information to help residents to recycle correctly as part of Council’s “three strike” system.
“If residents start implementing the changes now they will have hit the ground running with their recycling when changes take effect February 1,” Mr Witt said.
Clean aluminium drink cans, clean steel food cans, and clean and dry paper and cardboard can also still be recycled in your yellow lidded bin.
For more information on plastic types and Clutha’s recycling service head to www.cluthadc.govt.nz.
Examples of plastics accepted:
- Type 1 – soft drink bottles, water bottles and juice bottles.
- Type 2 – milk bottles, cream bottles and some shampoo and cleaning products.
- Type 5 – ice cream containers, some yoghurt containers and take away containers.
Examples of plastics not accepted:
- Type 3 – biscuit trays, blister packs and some food packaging.
- Type 4 – tomato, mustard and barbeque squeeze bottles.
- Type 6 – Some take away containers, soft cheese containers, such as cottage cheese and sour cream, and some yogurt pots.
- Type 7 – other plastic or combined materials such as juice cartons.