Recycling rewarding – Strong market for Waitaki recyclables

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If 2015 is anything to go by, this year is set to be a big one at the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park
Over the past six weeks, five 40-foot containers of recyclable material have been sent to markets across Asia, a record for the recovery park
Two of the containers, containing 28 tonnes of baleage wrap and more than 25 tonnes of dairy film, were sent to Malaysia, while 18 tonnes of PET bottles were sent to Korea and 23 tonnes of polypropylene bags were shipped to Vietnam
Several more tonnes of baleage wrap will be sent to Taiwan next week
In addition to Malaysia, Korea and Vietnam, the recovery also ships material to Hong Kong and China
The local market is also strong, with three tonnes of plastic milk bottles and two tonnes of electronic waste recently sent to Christchurch for processing
Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust business manager Dave Clare said having so many potential markets was a big advantage, particularly with falling commodity prices worldwide _ particularly in China
“This, in a climate where commodity prices have fallen dramatically, with iron, steel, plastics and oil at their lowest ebb for so many years, shows that little old Oamaru can still find export markets due to the quality of the recycled material we process
“Because we ship to so many different countries, if one market closes we can on-sell to other countries. We’re minimising our risk factor.”Mr Clare said there was the potential to send recycled materials overseas every month from this year, as opposed to every six weeks
He expected even more recycling to come in when the Oamaru Landfill closes in April, especially from businesses
“If you’re a business, you will want to think a bit smarter because costs will be going up, because waste is going to have to be trucked out of the district.”Mr Clare said the recovery park would work proactively to promote recycling
“It makes good economic sense and is better for the environment.”Meanwhile, the trust is working closely with Oceania Dairy, which has a processing plant at Glenavy, on a potential recycling facility at the plant
Oceania Dairy Ltd general manager Roger Usmar said the company had been involved with the recycling trust since the Glenavy factory opened
“As we move into our five-year, $400 million expansion programme in Glenavy, we are reviewing the potential to build and equip a permanent recycling facility on site,” he said
“This would enable us to process the anticipated increase in volume of recyclable materials at source.”The company is working with the trust to develop designs for a possible recycling facility.
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