Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Student grunt behind plastic’s fantastic campaign

Student grunt gets behind plastic’s fantastic campaign

Six students head out onto Manukau streets this week to help drive home the message about changes to Manukau City’s recycling collections.

Their mission is to help households understand that the only plastics to be collected are plastic bottles with a 1 or 2 on their base and from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry.

All other plastics belong in the rubbish bag.

All other recyclables - glass jars and bottles, aluminium cans, tins and paper and cardboard - will continue to be collected for recycling as usual.

The students will follow recycling trucks, armed with plastic bags. When they find plastics left behind by the trucks, they will place them in a plastic bag printed with Manukau City Council’s ‘recycle right’ message.

Senior policy analyst for the council, Patricia Facenfield, says they will be easy to identify as part of the campaign.

“They will be wearing bright green tee shirts – the same colour as our recycling bins – which have the city’s recycling logo on the back.”

She says the students are being employed to help communicate the ‘plastic’s fantastic’ message to people who may not have read it in local papers or seen the brochure being distributed to letterboxes.

“It’s a friendly nudge to convey to people that if the recycling trucks leave anything behind in the bin, it’s because it can’t be recycled.

“They need to take them back inside and put them in the rubbish bag for next week’s collection.”

Patricia says Manukau households have recycled with gusto since kerbside recycling began in 2001. At the latest count, 80 per cent of households were regularly putting out their green bins.

“The only changes being made are to the plastics collection. Because the markets for recycled plastics have changed, our recycling contractors can only accept plastic bottles 1 and 2 from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry.

“Remember there are no changes to glass, cans, tins and paper and cardboard. They will be collected as usual.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election