Tasman homes recycling more waste


An improved recycling service is proving successful at reducing the amount of waste going to landfill in Tasman district, with kerbside recycling volumes up 23 per cent since its introduction.

The Tasman District Council changed its kerbside recycling service on June 29, with a move to fortnightly collections and large 240-litre bins issued to households for plastics, cans, paper and cardboard. Residents now use the previous small blue bins solely for glass.

Between July and September kerbside recycling volumes were up 23 per cent on the same period last year. Between 200 and 250 tonnes of recyclables were collected each month during this period. In October a total of 262 tonnes were collected, up 17 per cent on last October.

The main driver for the changes was to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The council’s research showed that one of the reasons people chose not to recycle was because it was not particularly easy to fit everything in the blue crates.

Council engineering services committee chairman Trevor Norriss says the early results are pleasing.

“The new recycling system has been a big change for people. They’ve had to get used a new collection day, fortnightly collections and managing a larger bin, so it’s great to see people are already recycling more material.

“Hopefully that trend continues and we can make a decent dent in the amount of stuff that ends up in our landfill.”

Council also offers a $20 discount on compost bins at participating retailers to encourage people to compost rather than put food scraps in the rubbish.