Recycling changes coming

Finding it . . . It is often a struggle to find the universal plastic type coding on plastic bottles and objects. Simply look to the base and you will find a very small triangle indent imprinted with a number in it, such as on a bottle of water (type 1) and a bottle of chemicals (type 2). Both are suitable for recycling. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

From Monday, February 1, the Clutha District Council’s recycling service 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 had been significant research into the benefits of standardisation of kerbside recycling across the country.
Standardising materials to be recycled in kerbside collections increases consistency and reduces confusion for householders.
“Clutha District Council is joining many other councils across the country who have already made this change to move away from hard›to›recycle, low value plastics,” Mr Witt said.
The council was committed to helping Clutha district residents prepare and understand the changes they would need to make.
Plastic types 1, 2, and 5 are used to make things such as milk bottles and ice›cream containers and can be recycled.
Plastic types 3, 4, 6 and 7 are found in things like biscuit trays, tomato sauce bottles, sour cream and yogurt pottles and some takeaway food containers — these will no longer be recycled and will 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 their make up.
The council will continue to carry out random recycling inspections at the kerbside to make sure the contents are clean and have been recycled according to the new rules.
When council contractors find incorrect recycling as part of these inspections they provide information to help residents to recycle correctly as part of the 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 on February 1,” Mr Witt said.
Clean aluminium drink cans, clean steel food cans, and clean and dry paper and cardboard can still be recycled in your yellow lidded bin.