Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Wash it before you throw it

We are creating more non-degradable plastic waste as our population increases and we are spending more on consumer goods manufactured and packaged in plastic.

In industry, plastic is being used more frequently to protect products from moisture and contact damage. This means that when products are unpacked they are received in an undamaged condition. The packaging material is often just dumped without being recycled and goes to the landfill as general waste. This is an opportunity to avoid contributing to contamination of landfill sites with non-degradable products by recycling industrial plastic waste.

Wash your containers before recycling. When you recycle plastic containers, scrape out any food residue and give them a rinse to clean them. You can use dishwashing up water to achieve this before you pull the plug. There is no need to put your recycled plastic in the dishwasher.

To remove oil from plastic containers, put in a few drops of washing up liquid and some warm water. Screw on the top, give it a shake and rinse it out. It will be clean enough for recycling and will not prevent the recycling of other products.

To learn more about the wonders of recycled packaging, check out the rest of our blog – or feel free to contact us.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Seeking 'Clarity': Crown To Appeal Southern Response Decision, Offers Costs

“It is our intention that the clarity that will come from the outcome of these proceedings will enable the Crown to work with Southern Response to provide a soundly based proactive solution to those people that are affected.” More>>

Thinking Of The Children: Plan For Classification For Commercial Video On Demand

Classifying on-demand video content will be made mandatory to bring it in line with other media and provide better guidance and protections to families and young people, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. More>>

Cheques Out: Inland Revenue And ACC Push For Paperless

Inland Revenue and the Accident Compensation Corporation are calling ‘time’ on cheques. From March next year, IR and ACC will no longer accept payments by cheque from customers who are able to use alternative payment options. More>>


"Vision And Growth": Capital Markets 2029 Report

Broader participation by New Zealanders, greater access to growth capital for New Zealand enterprises, and more choices for investors drive the recommendations in the Capital Markets 2029 report released today. More>>


Forest & Bird: Call For More Funding To Stop Plague Of Wallabies

Wallabies could spread over a third of New Zealand within the next 50 years, unless control is increased dramatically, says Forest & Bird central North Island regional manager Rebecca Stirnemann. More>>