Second bin found to increase recycling

SIMON EDWARDS
Last updated 10:53 04/12/2012
HUTrecycleweb
Kerbside solution: Hutt City Council says a second recycling bin can make sorting easier and encourage people to reduce their waste.

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Hutt City Council's offer of half-price kerbside recycling bins has seen nearly 300 of them snapped up in a little over a fortnight.

''That's a huge increase on how many we usually sell,'' the city's environmental sustainability manager Jez Partridge said.

The council cut the price from $15 to $7.50 for a 55-litre green bin, not just to entice households without a bin to get one, but also to encourage people to buy a second bin.

''The idea is that it's easier to manage and look after messy and overflowing recycling if you have two bins in your house or back yard... it just makes sorting a bit easier.''

In the 2011/12 financial year, the council delivered an extra recycling bin to the 512 households in Korokoro to see if it led to a drop in the amount of waste ending up in Silverstream landfill.  While results were not as clear cut as was hoped because of an unanticipated difficulty in measuring tonnages of recycling and waste that came out of Korokoro over the trial period, Mr Partridge said feedback from surveys of residents was useful.

- 88 per cent of respondents used the second recycling bins

- 78 per cent found two bins made recycling easier, mostly due to the increased capacity but also the ability to sort the recycling.

- 27 per cent found the second bin caused them to recycle more in terms of volume than just having one bin.

- 57 per cent found that the second bin reduced windblown litter.

While tonnages were not available, survey results pointed to a ''perceived'' increase in the amount of recycled material from Korokoro of 27 per cent. 

If that increase was real, based on city-wide tonnages, each household having two bins could lead to 6.1 tonnes less waste ending up in the landfill every week.

Mr Patridge says locals are recycling more.

There was a jump of 330 tonnes of recycled glass, paper, tin and plastic in the last financial year in Lower Hut over the previous year. 

He puts that down to not only that the message about looking after the environment is sinking in but ''buying rubbish bags is expensive''.

Only 1000 bins are available from the council's Laings Rd action centre at the cut price; ''once they're gone, they're gone,'' Mr Partridge said.

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