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You may need to organise a commercial cardboard recycling service before 1 January 2022

Wednesday December 8 2021

From 1 January 2022, Council will be triggering a term in our Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw which requires recycling to be contained.

Photo shows workers collecting cardboard boxes that have been stacked up on a central city footpath.

Most people put their cardboard in their orange-lid recycling wheelie bin, and if you do that, then there’ll be no change for you.

However, Council has been collecting cardboard that has been placed next to wheelie bins.

Over recent years there’s been a sharp increase in the amount of cardboard being placed out for collection. This has resulted in more work and added costs for our waste management team. Our other concerns are that in strong winds it is blowing around and becoming litter, and when cardboard gets wet it is harder to recycle.

From 1 January 2022, we will be triggering a term in our Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw which requires recycling to be contained.

This means all businesses will need to use their kerbside orange-lid wheelie bin, or pay for a commercial recycling service for their cardboard, and it must be contained in wheelie bins.

We will have a grace period while this change occurs, but after 31 January, 2021, we would need to start treating this as litter or illegal dumping as we do in other parts of the city.

A range of companies in town offer commercial recycling services and their details are all online if you search ‘Palmerston North commercial recycling’. Our council also has a commercial recycling and food waste collection service

We’d encourage you to investigate options and have a service in place before the change in advance of 1 January 2022.