New trial recycles our food cartons





Certain food and beverage cartons, such as those used for things like long-life milk, plant-based milks and juices, will be recycled in to lowcarbon building materials made by Hamilton-based company saveBOARD in a trial to last a month. There will be two collection locations in Levin, at: Horowhenua District Council’s Civic Building, and Te Whare Mahana Community Hub on Bristol St. Cartons to be recycled can be dropped off there but must be washed and flattened, and include the lids. The cartons will be consolidated with other councils in the lower North Island, compressed into bales and picked up by saveBOARD for recycling in their Hamilton factory. Horowhenua District Council’s waste minimisation officer Robbie Stillwell said: “We’re excited to get this trial off the ground. “Not only will we be minimising waste that goes to landfill, but the cartons will be recycled in to a product which meets the demand in New Zealand for more sustainable building materials.” Stillwell adds: “If the trial is a success, we will look at establishing additional collection locations throughout the district. “If anyone would like to establish their own collection point, they can get in touch with our Waste Minimisation team on 06 366 0999.” Providing a closed loop solution for composite packaging, including beverage cartons, is at the core of saveBOARD’s business. They achieve this by reusing and recycling packaging, turning it in to low-carbon building materials, and establishing a take-back programme where off-cuts are reused to make new boards.