More container glass diverted from landfill and more glass going back to be recycled - this continues to be the driving objective behind the Glass Packaging Forum.
Since Christmas there has been increased focus on kerbside container glass recycling from the public and media, with Tauranga particularly in the spotlight.
Quick action on kerbside collections
Tauranga residents lost their kerbside glass recycling collection from the beginning of March after Waste Management NZ decided to stop accepting glass at its materials recovery facility, citing health and safety issues. Tauranga City Council has announced plans to fast-track a rates-funded kerbside collection, a solution which will ensure container glass from the city continues to be recycled.
The Forum has been working with the Council on this and applauds their quick action. In addition to the grant provided by the Forum to help with interim measures to keep container glass out of landfill, we will continue to work with the Council as it implements the new kerbside solution over the coming months.
Plans up for review
Tauranga is not the only council reviewing their options, with many councils currently accepting submissions on their Waste Minimisation and Management Plans.
The Forum encourages councils to take the opportunity to consider long term options that will increase the quality and quantity of container glass available for recycling. Container glass that is source-separated at kerbside yields the best recovery rates for recycling and significantly reduces the level of contamination.
The Forum has grant funding available to assist with improving the flow of container glass back to the furnace at O-I or to alternate uses.