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Dilli Neupane, sorting operator

I’m Dilli Neupane and I came to New Zealand as a refugee in 2010. I’m originally from Bhutan, but I spent half my life in a refugee camp in Nepal. I’ve been working at the City Council since 2011 and I’m the baler operator at the Resource Recovery Park.

Photo shows Dilli dressed in hi-vis vest.

Sorting operator Dilli Neupane

What does a typical day look like for a sorting operator?

I spend most of my days baling different recycling products from cans, to clear plastics, to mixed plastics, milk bottles and more.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

It’s very fun to work with people from different cultures. It’s also rewarding seeing the products we recycle being recovered rather than going to the landfill. Seeing how sustainable we are through how much we recycle and reuse makes me proud to work for an organisation that contributes so much to the economy. 

When you’re not working, what do you like to do?

I like going for family trips to other places around New Zealand. I also enjoy fishing and helping in the garden.

Why do you like living in Palmerston North?

I like Palmerston North because most of our people from our community live here. I think it’s a very beautiful city with Massey University bringing in a lot of different people to study. It’s a short drive to Himatangi and Foxton Beach and has many fresh rivers.