In a report back to the Clutha District Council service supply committee yesterday, waste minimisation officer Laura Gourley detailed proposed modifications to plastic recycling within the district.
Yesterday the council adopted the proposals, which means it should quickly solely settle for kind 1 plastic (polyethylene terephthalate/PET), kind 2 plastic (high-density polyethylene/HPDE) and sort 5 plastic (polypropylene) for recycling.
Different plastics, or recycling containing unlisted plastics, might be despatched to landfill.
In her report, Ms Gourley mentioned the change had come about resulting from a 2018 change in coverage from China, which now not accepts contaminated plastic recycling.
Traditionally, Clutha’s recycling has been exported to China by way of waste administration firm OJI in Dunedin.
The Chinese language coverage in flip led to modifications in New Zealand authorities coverage aimed toward lowering world environmental hurt from plastics.
Future emphasis might be on commerce in high-quality, sorted, clear plastic waste, making it tough to commerce in combined or much less recyclable plastics akin to varieties 3, 4, 6 and seven.
Underneath the Chinese language coverage “strict contamination limits made export of most fibre and plastics to China impracticable”, Ms Gourley mentioned.
“In December final 12 months, the [Government] printed … a complete survey of plastic use in New Zealand, recommending a give attention to plastics 1, 2 and 5.”
This was supported by a latest Waste Administration Institute of New Zealand audit of kerbside plastic recycling, together with sampling from Milton, she mentioned.
The audit confirmed 85% to 90% of plastic family garbage and recycling collections consisted of plastics 1, 2 and 5, resulting in suggestions councils nationwide standardise their programs.
Ms Gourley mentioned many councils, together with Dunedin’s, have been already adopting the change, and steered Clutha comply with swimsuit.
The Gore District Council now not accepts plastics or paper in its recycling, limiting assortment to glass.
It would inform residents of the brand new coverage earlier than phasing it in.