On the 29th of April, The Ministry for the Environment released a proposal to transform the way we recycle in New Zealand.
It is reported that New Zealand only recycles 1/3 of the waste that is placed in council bin pickups and inorganic waste collections. Resulting in around 76% of material being send to landfill.
These statics show that New Zealand has a low recycling rate and the Ministry for the Environment is looking to change that.
In short form these are the three Proposals:
- A container return scheme that encourages people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling.
- Improvements to household kerbside recycling.
- Separation of food scraps from general waste for all businesses
All three proposals look promising to reduce waste and increase recycling of materials across New Zealand.
For more information and the full proposals go to https://environment.govt.nz/news/transforming-recycling/
Have your say on the proposals on their website here by 11.59pm on Sunday 22 of May 2022.