Special recycling bins for plastic wrappers and bags have returned to four Countdown supermarkets and seven The Warehouse stores across Christchurch. More locations including New World stores will join the programme over the coming weeks.
Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle. The prototype is made from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner, but the goal is to create a 100% recyclable, plastic-free bottle capable of preventing gas escaping.
Tyre producer Michelin is beginning construction on its first tyre recycling plant in collaboration with Enviro, a Swedish company that has developed a patented technology to recover carbon black, oil, steel and gas from end-of-life tyres.
Timaru residents Sandi Eathorne and her grandson Ethan Foster, 8, are the first people to be awarded prizes for good recycling habits as part of the district council’s new ‘What’s In My Bin’ campaign.
Practically nowhere on Earth has been untouched by plastics. This difficult-to-destruct material has been found at the furthest extremes of our planet, from the top of Mount Everest to the bottom of the world’s deepest ocean trench.
Former opera singer Rachel Ordonez heads a dedicated team of sorters at Christchurch’s Riverside Market, working throughout the week to ensure tenants sort their waste properly and any re-usable items are recycled.
Volkswagon has begun a pilot to recycle its electric car batteries. “Our goal is to create our own circular process in which more than 90 percent of each of our batteries is recycled,” says Thomas Tiedje, head of technical planning.
From February 1, Taupō residents can recycle number 5 plastics, along with plastics number 1 and 2. Broadly speaking, number 5 plastics include yogurt containers, cereal box liners, plastic bottle tops and kitchenware such as disposable plates, cups, and cutlery.
The AgRecovery rural recycling programme started in 2007 and since then has recycled 1.5 million containers. Total volume of plastic collected and recycled was up by 34.4 per cent compared to the same time last year.
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Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage has announced new plans to phase out more single-use and problem plastics to reduce waste.
Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, with an estimated 4.5 trillion littered annually. Each butt can take 5 to 400 years to completely break down.