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Thanks Andrew – we will do that today.
I work for a cosmetics packaging company service New Zealand, and am hoping to speak to a WastMIZ representative, to help clarify some information.
We are about to launch a new product made from a material that will biodegrade fast in industrial composting. The material is called Sulapac and comes from Finland. You can read more about it here: https://www.sulapac.com/
I am wanting to know how consumers could correctly dispose of products made from this material in New Zealand, to ensure it would be successfully diverted into industrial composting streams.
Do existing kerbside collection systems allow for this?
Thank you in advance
Thanks for reaching out. We will be in touch.
Kia ora Sebastian
Thanks for checking. Click here for a map of industrial composting facilities in Aotearoa and what they accept.
Many of them do not accept compostable packaging if it is a bioplastic and most do not accept items directly from the public so even if the packaging is certified compostable it is unlikely that a consumer would be able to get the packaging to an industrial composting facility. There are no kerbside systems that accept compostable packaging (apart from where councils supply cornstarch bags as food caddy liners). For more on compostable certification click on our guides)
We have got 20,000 Number 5 ♷ PP plastics plastic bottle unused for recycling in Auckland.
Can you please help.
Thanks Saman – we will be in contact with your shortly.
I operate a small buisness in wanganui where we actively reduce our waste and others to landfill. We achieve this by actively recycling where possible by offloading items that can be reused in other projects by members of the community. Just today we removed a 60+ foot iron fence. None of it went to landfill but instead was removed in sections and delivered to locals for re use as other fences resulting in not only reduced dump charges on our clients and impact on landfill. But also helps out others who may have need but not necessarily the funds to purchase said materials or can put things to good use. We apply these principles through out our operations any chance we get on a range of items from house furnishings to timber offcuts, kitchen units, bath tubs, toys brickabrac and more.
Thanks Craig for getting in touch. It is great to hear of local initiatives which reuse good materials.
Hi, just looking at the compostable coffee pods from Coffee Capsules 2u. Are these okay to put in the Timaru compost bins or not? I don’t want to contaminate the compost if they are not allowed. Thanks.
Kia ora Annie
Sorry they are not compostable in any council organic collections. Look for certification that these are compostable and if they are commercially compostable then you will have to put them in your rubbish as no South Island commercial composters accept compostable packaging.
Hi W aste Minz
In responsa to your information re magazine wraps.
How do I recycle them to: Love NZ Soft Plastics Scheme? Or anywhere?
Other plastics I recycle in Upper Hutt’s general Recycling Bin
Looking forward to reducing the pile of magazine wraps.
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