Fire prompts plea for public to wash recyclable containers before collection

NPDC manager water and waste, Mark Hall at the Colson Rd, Materials Recovery Facility in New Plymouth.
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NPDC manager water and waste, Mark Hall at the Colson Rd, Materials Recovery Facility in New Plymouth.

People are being urged to wash their recyclable containers before collection after a fire in the region's material recovery facility.

While the cause of last week's fire remains unknown, New Plymouth District Council's manager water and wastes Mark Hall said it was possibly due to two common household liquids combining.

"All containers should be empty and cleaned before being recycled," Hall said.

"The fire in the recyclables was very small and caused no damage as staff put it out very quickly but it's a danger that can be avoided by householders being careful to clean everything they intend to recycle."

Hall also stressed no needles should be included in kerbside recycling after a staff member was injured by one.

While much of the MRF's recycling separation and packaging was done by machines there was also a significant amount done by hand, he said.

"Please think of those people's safety when you're preparing your recyclables for collection."

The MRF takes recyclables from all three Taranaki districts.

 - Stuff

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