Presenters: Angela Atkins, Hastings District Council

Presentation title: Rethinking rural recycling in the regions

Today’s lifestyle is one of high expectation and instant results. The boundary between urban and rural areas is becoming less well defined and those people living in outlying communities now expect similar refuse and recycling services as those delivered to their urban counterparts.     Much of this expectation arises from a growing understanding of the environmental impact of waste by those people who live and work in rural communities. This service expectation also comes through greater demands being placed on rural businesses from national and international purchasers of their products.  Changes in the national and international plastic recycling markets have also forced Councils and recycling organisations to rethink the way they collect and handle recyclables.  During the recent Waste Assessment project, and the subsequent development of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, an opportunity was identified to increase rural recycling across the Hastings District. Trials using wheelie bins commenced in two rural communities in June 2012 to establish the need and willingness of the community to participate in recycling activities. One of the sites was at Tutira, a rural farming community 45 minutes north of Napier. The other was at Mararekakaho, a rural community 20 minutes south of Hastings that includes a mixture of lifestyle, farming, orchards and viticulture properties. The two sites were chosen because of the differences they present and the availability of local community champions, who would manage the facilities    Recently new hook containers, designed by Hastings District Council, have been trialled for the collection and transportation of recyclables. The containers have movable internal walls which allow for individual site adjustments and removable signage. The containers can be used at both large transfer stations and small rural facilities.  Council has now approved the construction of eight permanent rural recycling centres over the 2014/15 financial year.

Event: WasteMINZ Conference 2014

Date: Thursday 23 October 2014