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Ten thousand tonnes taken off the streets

MEDIA RELEASE
5 July 2005


Ten thousand tonnes taken off the streets

Over 10,000 tonnes of inorganic material was collected during this year’s inorganic collection, a 20 per cent increase from 2003.

Some 242 tonnes of the material collected, including steel, greenwaste and tyres, was recycled.

“This collection is the largest to date and indicates the increasing popularity of this service,” says Warwick Jaine, Auckland City Council’s resource recovery manager.

“We would like to remind residents that the best option is to reuse or recycle material.

“Much of the material put out for collection would be gratefully received by charitable organisations, so we’re encouraging people to give away a lot of their inorganic material instead of saving it for the next collection,” Mr Jaine says.

With the collection over, Auckland City is urging people to dispose of any inorganic material responsibly.

Anyone caught dumping inorganic material on the street may face a fine.

Inorganic material can be disposed of by:
taking it to a transfer station or recycling centre
donating quality items to charitable organisations or second hand stores
visiting the Hazmobile collection to get rid of hazardous waste (for more details visit www.hazmobile.govt.nz).

Auckland City’s inorganic collection takes place every two years.

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