Flight Plastics opens PET plastic wash plant in Lower Hutt, but we need ‘bottle deposits’ to make it worthwhile.
The opening of Flight Plastics PET recycling facility in Lower Hutt is a good step towards development of NZ based recycling processing. The capacity to turn over 200 million plastic drink bottles a year into high grade food-safe packaging will enable NZ to move away from exporting our waste to other countries where we have no control over environmental or labour conditions associated with recycling.
The Associate Minister for the Environment is right to invest in recycling infrastructure; but keeps forgetting about collection and transportation.
“Collection mechanisms are a problem in regard to Plasback” says Sandra Murray, Co-ordinator for the NZ Product Stewardship Council “farmers in Gisborne and other areas pay through the nose for Plasbak to collect and transport their farm plastic for recycling”.
After rejecting an industry-designed workable product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today the government would allocate $19 million taxpayer dollars into a false solution instead - most of the funding to go to Chinese-owned company, Waste Management NZ, to collect and shred scrap tyres.
Smith has proposed scrap tyres from throughout New Zealand, will then be hauled to Golden Bay Cement where the owners of the company will incinerate the tyres.
Reverse vending is where a bottle or can is placed into a vending machine and a coin, token or redemption voucher is offered in return.
Is littering really about laziness? Or should we take a look at the role packaging manufacturers have in designing products that pollute.
Environment Minister Nick Smith recently announced public funding for yet another packaging-waste scheme (the ‘Do the Right Thing’ initiative), so it is timely that we cast our eyes back over the history of litter.
View this article by the NZPSC on how littering has been used by the packaging industry to deflect responsibility onto 'litterbugs' when the problem is really packaging design.
Cash for Containers, supported by the NZPSC, has launched a petition asking the Minister for the Environment to bring in a Cash for Containers (bottle deposit) scheme.
A CDS can:
- Nearly triple NZ's recycling rates
- Reduce plastic pollution in the sea
- Create 2000 jobs
- Save councils and tax payers $26-40 million per year
- Reduce CO2 emissions
- Fund community groups
- Supplement low incomes
- Foster a sustainable, circular economy