Buller District Council

Glass crate size changes in Buller

13th July, 2021

Crates used to collect glass for recycling in Buller will be smaller to meet new health and safety standards. The crates currently being used weigh 21kg when fully loaded. The new crates will weigh just 16kg when fully loaded.

Smart Environmental Limited Operations Manager Alan Corbet says: “It is a health and safety measure to prevent work related injuries. The crates are pretty heavy, and our drivers have to lift hundreds of them during recycling collection.

Lifting that kind of weight repeatedly is pretty hard work and simply not appropriate anymore under current health and safety regulations. The new size will ease the strain on our staff.”

The new glass crate size fits the average amount of glass recycling that is put out for collection by residents. Council’s waste management statistics show that most of Buller residents do not exceed 45L of glass recycling in their kerbside collection.

Council’s solid waste coordinator Juliana Ruiz says: “The new size will not reduce the service we offer to residents. To make the transition easy we will not recall glass crates, we will instead phase them out gradually. That means, that all newly issued glass crates will have a 45L capacity and if residents replace their glass crate, they will be issued with a 45L one.”

If residents have excess glass recycling, this can be drop off for free at the Reefton and Westport Transfer Station during opening hours. It is important that residents color sort the glass correctly at the transfer stations. If the glass containers have more than 2% of other colored glass in it, the glass is contaminated and can’t be recycling and will go to landfill.

The change will affect properties in Westport to the Mokihinui Bridge, Westport to Punakaiki, Westport to Reefton including Blacks Point, and Reefton to Ikamatua.

All residents are encouraged to read the recycling standards on Council’s website and like Council’s new facebook Reduce Reuse Recycle Buller to keep up to date with changes.


For more information contact:
Juliana Ruiz


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