New project for rural recycling

20:50, May 19 2014
Sarah and Dave Anderson
EAGER TO HELP: Rural ward councillor Peter Jerram talks about recycling with enthusiastic recyclers at Tua Marina School.

A big blue box is dominating the Tua Marina School car park to promote recycling and its benefits to rural parts of the wider Blenheim area which might get council recycling services next year.

The Marlborough District Council has won a $12,000 grant, which is going towards a new rural recycling pilot project, while at the same time helping the council plan for future provision of recycling services.

The Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants, funded by the Coca Cola Foundation in partnership with The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society, allocated the funding to the council so it can work with Marlborough communities with no direct access to a recycling service in order to research the volumes and types of material these communities generate before decisions are made about recycling services.

The project will be run in partnership with country schools, with a recycling container installed at the schools for use by the wider community.

Wairau-Awatere ward councillor Peter Jerram visited Tua Marina School last week when the bin was installed.

Up to five schools are to take part in the research project, with each school hosting the bin for four weeks between May and September this year. The container is divided into four compartments, with capacity to take up to 12 cubic metres of material for recycling - cans, plastic and glass bottles.

Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil said the council had asked schools to come on board.

"Simply setting up unstaffed recycling points doesn't always work. While some will use the containers properly and sort their materials, others just use it as a free dump point. With the school community and pupils involved, we're hoping we'll get full co-operation."

The council applied for the funding as it wants to explore the level of interest in recycling as part of the community feedback from these areas. Later this year, residents in Rarangi, Tuamarina, Spring Creek, Grovetown, and Renwick are to be surveyed to see if they want recycling services next year.


The Marlborough Express