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To: Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme
Soft Plastics Recycling Bins for Whakatāne
Dear Love NZ,
We would really love at least one soft plastic recycling bin here in Whakatāne. At present, our nearest Love NZ soft plastic recycling bins are in Hamilton and Cambridge! Whakatāne is a central hub for a large area in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, with people coming to use services from numerous surrounding towns such as Kawerau, Opotiki, Matata, Edgecumbe, Te Kaha, Taneatua, Ruatoki and more.
Our communities have a strong environmental focus, with our local 'Waste Zero Whakatane' group pioneering many awesome projects such as cup recycling, composting, reuseable nappies, waste free periods, beach cleans and more. We are passionate about minimising the waste produced in our community and ending up in landfill. Many people in our community have a strong connection to the whenua and a desire to protect it for our future generations.
Please could you consider selecting us to be part of your scheme.
Nga mihi nui
Why is this important?
Being included in the Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme will help communities of the Eastern Bay of Plenty recycle:
• Carrier Bags
• Bread, pasta & rice bags
• Fresh produce bags and net citrus bags
• Frozen food bags
• Confectionery wrap and lolly bags
• Dairy wrappers
• Plastic packaging around toilet paper, kitchen towels, nappies and sanitary products
• Courier packs
• Newspaper and Magazine wrap
• Chocolate & muesli bar wrappers and Biscuit packets (wrapper only)
• Chip packets
• Ice cream wrappers
• Cereal box liners
• Recycle bubble wrap and large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into pieces the size of an A3 sheet of paper first)
Basically anything made of plastic which can be scrunched into a ball.
It will allow us to divert all these things away from landfill.
Soft plastic packaging is not collected for recycling by councils because it can contaminate the recycling process.
New Zealanders use over 1.6 billion plastic bags in the home every year!
Soft plastic waste is being used to produce other objects such as park benches and fitness circuits for playgrounds.
These bins will help us move up the waste hierarchy from, disposal, to recycle and might even get some of us thinking about how we can go further and prevent such waste in the first place.