First time in two years, no Christchurch recycling went to landfill

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Oct 03, 2022 |

Photo: Christchurch City Council / Newsline

Christchurch residents’ recycling efforts have been praised by the council after the city following a significant milestone.

In the last two weeks of September every truckload of recyclable material collected as part of the kerbside collection service was accepted for processing at the EcoSort, Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Parkhouse Road – a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in Christchurch for more than two years.

Christchurch City Council Head of Transport and Waste Lynette Ellis said “to get through two weeks without any rejected loads is fantastic as it means there is less material ending up at the Kate Valley landfill.

Each truckload of material taken to the MRF is checked for the level of contamination before it is accepted.  If there is more than 10 per cent of contaminated material in the recycling, it cannot be processed through the facility as the quality of the end product will be too poor to attract any buyers.

During September 98 per cent of trucks arriving at the MRF were accepted for recycling and only 2 per cent were rejected. This is the best monthly result since tracking began in May 2020.

In Christchurch, only clean cardboard, paper, tin and aluminium cans, glass bottles, and rigid plastic bottles and containers marked with the numbers 1, 2 or 5 should go in the yellow wheelie bin for recycling.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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