Change to plastic recycling We are now only collecting plastic types 1 and 2, instead of types 1 to 7 at the Kerbside and at our Refuse Transfer Stations. Paper, cardboard and cans/tins will still be collected as usual in wheelie bins. The change only applies to plastics. Check our Guide to Recyling on the Coromandel for more information on what can and cannot be recycled on the Coromandel. In July, we've been checking wheelie bins to see if people are following the new recycling regime and we've noticed an issue with meat trays. Meat trays are tricky because some are made from plastic type 1, but others are made from plastic 3 or 5, which makes auditing difficult. We recognise it also makes it difficult for you to identify if your plastic meat tray is plastic type 1. Look for the number - if you don't see a 1 inside a triange, don't put it in your wheelie bin for recycling, put in your rubbish for disposal. Also, as with anything else you recycle, make sure it's clean. Please don't place meat trays that are dripping with blood and still have the cling film wrapping on them in your wheelie bin. If you don't want to take the plastic wrap off and rinse the tray, put it in your rubbish because it makes a mess of the other recyclables in your wheelie bin. What are plastics 1 & 2? Most hard plastics have a number on the bottom in a triangle made of arrows. The number refers to the type of plastic. Typical examples of plastics 1 and 2 are milk bottles, drink bottles, food jars, personal cosmetics. The best way to be sure of the plastic type is to LOOK FOR THE NUMBER. If the number is not 1 or 2, or if there is no number, put it in your general rubbish. The recycle.co.nz website has good information on identifying recyclable plastics. Why the change now? The change to collecting only plastics 1 and 2 has nothing to do with COVID-19. Plastics numbered 1 and 2 can be recycled within New Zealand but types 3 to 7 have to be shipped overseas for processing and are no longer accepted by most global markets. A number of initiatives have been investigated across New Zealand for recycling plastics 3 to 7, however the viability of this remains largely impractical, so these plastics will be going to landfill in New Zealand for now. Recycling sent overseas can end up as someone else’s rubbish. Shipping our recycling overseas also incurs a large carbon cost and can be processed in countries with significantly different employment practices to New Zealand – potentially putting those workers at risk handling refuse in unsafe conditions. For these reasons, it’s best that we handle all our recycling here in New Zealand. We are asking that people on the Coromandel avoid buying products that use non-recyclable plastic where possible, in order to lessen the amount of plastic going into landfill. The transition to our full Kerbside service will be rolled out over an eight-week period, like this: (Click the above table to open a larger version) Download our Kerbside 2020 schedules here or on the right side of this page. Stay informed: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or subscribe to the "rubbish and recycling" eNewsletter.