Buller District Council

The basics of recycle right

New Zealand’s is on a strategic pathway towards becoming a circular economy and being able to deal with its own recycling and we all need to do our bit.

Central Government is putting in place guidelines to educate the community about changes to waste management. This involves talking to local businesses and households in the Buller District to help them understand the new recycling criteria. This effort should help to create awareness and improve the district’s recycling standard and minimise waste being sent to landfills. Council encourages residents to be aware of the new local recycling rules and comply with them.

  • Plastics #1, #2 and #5 are only accepted presuming that they are thoroughly rinsed and clean.
  • Cardboard and paper continue to be collected as recyclable materials, provided they don’t have liquid residue or food contamination. It is important to note that till receipts cannot be recycled, they are made from material that is coated in chemicals.
  • Aluminum tins and glasses continue to be accepted although any food residue prevents them from being recycled. You need to rinse, clean, check

The best way to improve our recycling system is following the three Rs model reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  • Reducing waste in the first place by saying no to unnecessary single–use items, making sound purchase decisions, and avoiding materials that cannot be recycled. For example, refusing plastic straws, avoiding takeaway containers, or enjoy dine-in are good practices to reduce waste.
  • Reusing items that can be reused like spray bottles, using reusable takeaway containers, using a reusable bottle water, using containers for storing food, purchasing bulk food without unnecessary packaging or taking your own container to the supermarket.  It can include making your own biscuits and crackers, sauces, yogurt or cream cheese and making compost at home or workplace with the food waste scraps.
  • Recycling material properly by following the rules of our local recycling system, so that, all materials are of a clean and adequate quality allowing them to be recycled and re-used inside the country, rather than having to be sent overseas.

We have prepared some fun resources for you to help you to recycle right which you can access here.

If you are still unsure test your knowledge with this fun game from Waste Management Institute of New Zealand.

If you want to know why New Zealand’s recycle system has changed read our article here.


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