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Sculpture Brings Recycling Message To Manukau

Sculpture Brings Recycling Message To Manukau

Visitors to Manukau Square in the Manukau City Centre next month will be greeted by a giant 400 kg sculpture made entirely of recycled steel sheets, mesh and cans.

Standing 2.9m tall the sculpture is modelled on the ancient Greek ceramic vessel the amphora. The gigantic amphora was commissioned as part of the Ministry of Environments 2003 rubbish reduction campaign and is an iniative of the Auckland Regional Council and the New Zealand Steel Can Recycling Association.

Manukau City Council’s Waste Policy Analyst Patricia Facenfield says, “We hope that by bringing the vessel to Manukau we can spread the recycling message. Steel cans are 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over again.

“The average family in New Zealand uses six steel cans a week. Last year, only one out of these six cans was recycled. We would like to see an improvement in these figures,” says Ms Facenfield.

By recycling your baked bean or soup cans, they could find new life as bike and car parts, reinforcing rods and mesh used in construction, wire, nails and new cans.

The sculpture will be on show at Manukau Square from 10th September for approximately three weeks.

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