Waste firm expands recycling plans

EMMA DANGERFIELD
Last updated 12:28 09/05/2012
Innovative waste

Making a difference: The Innovative Waste Kaikoura team donned their new uniforms this week, just one of the new initiatives planned to improve the look, safety and efficiency of the site.

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There are new ideas afoot at Innovative Waste Kaikoura – and new uniforms are just the beginning, says manager Robbie Roche.

The team is looking very sharp in their new fluoro shirts and jackets, and not only are they now easily identifiable to their customers but their high visibility will also ensure they are safer around the site.

But this is just the start. Other new initiatives will soon be rolled out, the first of which is under way with an extension to the green recycling bins route. The bins, which have been in use around the township for almost a year, have been hugely successful, with a weekly collection of recyclable material now in full swing.

Robbie said the bins were now available for residents in the north and south runs outside the town, and those eligible could expect to receive a leaflet explaining how to get the bins.

"We've extended it by way of thanks, really," he said. "Those guys have really been making a difference/ It [rural recycling] is going really well."

Other ideas in the pipeline include changes to glass recycling and further education to ensure responsible waste management is second nature to all local families, schools and businesses.

The team at Innovative Waste hopes to continue to reduce the town's waste to landfill rates and Robbie said he was keen to work alongside the Kaikoura District Council and Environment Canterbury (ECan) to address topical issues.

This would include green waste initiatives, he said, to deter people from dumping vegetation around the district. Keep your eyes peeled in the Kaikoura Star for more news coming soon.

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