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Taupo & Turangi Weekender - 2021-10-14

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LOOKING AFTER THE PLACE WE LOVE!

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EVERY YEAR WE dispose of 15 tonnes of recycling from our street recycling bins, and in order to get a better idea of what is going into the bins and how we might be able to improve the service, our environmental rangers Shannon and Parva got the unenviable task of carrying out a bin audit! The five bins chosen were on the Lakefront Reserve across from the Mini Putt, the Float Plane carpark, Kaimanawa Reserve, the Hot Water Beach car park, and Two Mile Bay, and while the rangers were generally very pleased with the amount of glass, aluminium cans, and plastic drink bottles that were going into the correct recycling streams, they did notice quite a lot of non-recyclable items too. “We found coffee cups, takeaway packaging, and plastic straws in the bins,” Shannon said. “Coffee cups and other takeaway cups may look like they’re recyclable paper, but they’re actually lined with a thin layer of plastic to protect our hands. Think about it, without this, a hot drink in paper would seep right through. So these cups are not recyclable and must be thrown in the rubbish bin.” “Only plastics with a number 1, 2, or 5 can be recycled,” Parva said, “so that means sushi containers, plastic straws and cutlery, and plastic lids need to go in the rubbish bin. It only takes a moment to sort, but it makes a huge difference in helping us keep as much recycling out of landfill as possible.”

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