Unfortunately, New Zealand facilities can only recycle three types of plastic (1,2,5), the other plastics (3, 4, 6, 7 and contaminated plastics) are difficult to recycle and therefore sent to landfills across the nation or exported overseas.
Does plastic get recycled in New Zealand?
Bottles made from plastics 1 and 2 are widely accepted in kerbside recycling because there are high volumes of these materials and they are easily recycled and turned into other useful products, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and offshore.
How much of NZ plastic is recycled?
According to the Packaging Council of NZ, New Zealanders consume about 735 thousand tonnes of packaging every year and recycle only about 58% of it.
What happens to recycled plastic in NZ?
Once your recycling is sorted, it’s sold to make new products in New Zealand as well as overseas.
What plastics are recyclable in NZ?
All plastics numbered 1-7 are accepted for recycling, excluding polystyrene and meat trays. No reference to TetraPak. Plastic shopping bags are accepted. Plastic types 1-7 are accepted.
Does NZ export plastic waste?
It has been revealed today that New Zealand has exported over 98,000 tonnes of plastic waste offshore between 1 Jan 2018 and 31 March 2021. … “The Government’s recently announced plan to phase out some “hard to recycle” single-use plastics was welcome, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough.
What actually gets recycled in NZ?
Items you can put in your recycling
- Glass bottles and glass jars.
- Tin, steel and aluminium cans, including empty aerosols.
- Plastic bottles from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry (plastic grades 1-7)
- Clear plastic food containers.
- Pizza boxes (remove any leftover food)
- Newspapers, magazines, advertising mail and envelopes.
Is Number 4 plastic recyclable in NZ?
Number 4: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
We can’t recycle plastic with this number and don’t collect it. Please place in your rubbish bag instead.
How much waste does New Zealand produce each year?
It is estimated that in Aotearoa New Zealand we generate 17.49 million tonnes of waste per year, of which an estimated 12.59 million tonnes are sent to landfill.
How much actually gets recycled NZ?
Currently New Zealand produces about 80,000 tonnes of e-waste per year, but recycles only about 2% (1,600 tonnes), most of which goes offshore for processing.
How does New Zealand deal with plastic pollution?
New Zealand plans to regulate single-use plastic packaging and to ban some hard plastics and single-use plastic items. This has been met with controversy in the plastic industry which is supported by life-cycle assessment studies.
Is Auckland still recycling?
All Auckland Council’s waste services – rubbish, recycling, food scraps, bin requests, and on-property inorganics – are continuing as usual at this time. Please put your bins and bags out as normal and wash your hands.
Where does NZ send its recycling?
New Zealand’s recycling practices are under scrutiny amid revelations that hundreds of tonnes of plastic are still being sent to countries like Malaysia and Thailand.
What type of plastic Cannot be recycled?
The difference in the recyclability of plastic types can be down to how they are made; thermoset plastics contain polymers that form irreversible chemical bonds and cannot be recycled, whereas thermoplastics can be re-melted and re-molded.
Are number 5 plastics recyclable?
5: PP (Polypropylene)
PP is used to make the food containers used for products like yogurt, sour cream and margarine. It’s also made into straws, rope, carpet and bottle caps. PP products CAN SOMETIMES be recycled.
Are all plastics recyclable?
Nearly all types of plastics can be recycled. However, the extent to which they are recycled depends upon technical, economic and logistic factors. Plastics are a finite and valuable resource, so the best outcome after their initial use is typically to be recycled into a new product.