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New and improved recycling drop-off point at Awapuni

Tuesday July 21 2020

Illegal dumping and flyaway recycling will now be a thing of the past at our Awapuni Resource Recovery Centre.

Photo shows shed with multiple letterbox-style slots at intervals along the front for depositing cardboard, plastics and other recycling.

The new shed has 11 letterbox-style slots for paper, cardboard, plastics, metals and glass.

Previously, the site had open cages for residents to drop off recycling that doesn't fit into their kerbside bins.

Now there is a large fully enclosed shed with inserts for residents to put their household recycling in.

Palmerston North City Council Waste Manager, Mike Monaghan, says the open cages were problematic.

“Open cages meant strong winds blew the recycling out. The cardboard and paper also would absorb the rain – which can make recycling difficult. People were also illegally dumping rubbish and other household items into the cages, which should be going to landfill.”

He says the new shed has 11 slots for paper, cardboard, plastics, metals and glass. The cages are fully enclosed, and people will have to insert their products into a slot, like that on a letterbox.

Mr Monaghan says this will ensure the items don’t get wet, don’t blow away and will deter people from leaving rubbish.

“We love that Palmy residents are so keen to recycle, but we want to make sure it is done well. This location is close to the Manawatū River and we don’t want any recycling ending up near the water.”