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Soft Plastic Recycling back in Rangiora

Wednesday, April 6, 2022   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: recycling

Waimakariri District Council media release: 5th April 2022

After a three year pause in service, the team at The Packaging Forum recently confirmed that Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme will return to stores in Rangiora in early April.

Soft plastic recycling will be available at three participating stores in Rangiora from Tuesday 5th April - Countdown, New World and The Warehouse.

Waimakariri District Council’s Solid Waste Portfolio Holder Councillor Robbie Brine, hailed the scheme as an excellent example of local businesses collaborating to reduce their impact on the environment.

“This is great news for the stores and local residents who have continued to ask when Soft Plastics Recycling would be coming back to the Waimakariri District - especially since the scheme returned to stores in nearby Christchurch City.”

The bins have arrived in-store and are available to take clean, dry soft plastics. Kilmarnock Enterprises are ready to start collecting the bags of packaging from Rangiora stores from 11th April, and will bale and palletise the plastics which are then transferred on to Auckland for processing.

The soft plastics will be manufactured into posts for farms, vineyards and gardens by Future Post, which is expanding its Auckland operations due to high demand, and is keen to return Rangiora’s soft plastic waste back to the region as fence posts.

Packaging Forum chief executive Rob Langford said it was important to integrate collections where possible into existing distribution networks, in order not to add an additional layer of carbon costs.

The Packaging Forum was also looking to expand the scheme nationwide, Mr Langford said.

Find out more about the Packaging Forum.