You asked: Where does New Zealand recycling go?

Once your recycling is sorted, it’s sold to make new products in New Zealand as well as overseas.

Where does NZ send recycling?

NZ plastic exports to Malaysia. Since the start of 2019 more than 10,000 tonnes of New Zealand’s plastic has gone to Malaysia, hundreds of tonnes have gone to Thailand. That was despite the Government last year bringing in new legislation requiring permits for all exports of hard-to-recycle plastic.

How much of NZ recycling actually gets recycled?

According to the Packaging Council of NZ, New Zealanders consume about 735 thousand tonnes of packaging every year and recycle only about 58% of it. With 97% of New Zealanders having access to facilities to recycle paper, glass, cans and plastics 1 and 2 (and in some places 1 – 7) we can, and must, do a lot better.

What actually gets recycled in NZ?

Items you can put in your recycling

  • Glass bottles and glass jars.
  • Tin, steel and aluminium cans, including empty aerosols.
  • Plastic bottles from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry (plastic grades 1-7)
  • Clear plastic food containers.
  • Pizza boxes (remove any leftover food)
  • Newspapers, magazines, advertising mail and envelopes.
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Where does New Zealand’s waste go?

A half to two-thirds of New Zealand’s household waste is disposed of in bags and bins which are collected each week. The remainder, consisting largely of garden and construction and demolition waste, is taken to the landfill in private cars and trailers.

What happens to recycled plastic in NZ?

Optical scanners identify different types of plastic. All that’s left is the glass, which is sorted by colour. Once your recycling is sorted, it’s sold to make new products in New Zealand as well as overseas.

Does NZ export plastic waste?

It has been revealed today that New Zealand has exported over 98,000 tonnes of plastic waste offshore between 1 Jan 2018 and 31 March 2021. … “The Government’s recently announced plan to phase out some “hard to recycle” single-use plastics was welcome, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough.

Does NZ recycle plastic?

However it is not always possible for a country of New Zealand’s size to have the infrastructure and capability to recycle all the various plastic materials used in NZ. Consequently plastics are also collected and exported overseas for recycling.

How much rubbish is in the World 2021?

Globally to date, there is about 8.3 billion tons of plastic in the world – some 6.3 billion tons of that is trash. Imagine 55 million jumbo jets and that’s how much plastic exists here. In 1950, we created 2 million tons a year, which increased 200-fold by 2015.

How much waste goes to landfill in NZ?

It is estimated that in Aotearoa New Zealand we generate 17.49 million tonnes of waste per year, of which an estimated 12.59 million tonnes are sent to landfill.

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Is Auckland still recycling?

All Auckland Council’s waste services – rubbish, recycling, food scraps, bin requests, and on-property inorganics – are continuing as usual at this time. Please put your bins and bags out as normal and wash your hands.

What happens to rubbish in Auckland?

Every year Aucklanders send 18,000 tonnes of incorrect recycling to landfill – 13 per cent of all recycling collected across the city. “Once it gets to landfill that’s the end of it. Once it’s gone there, it’s gone, and it’s a waste of resource.

Should you crush cans before recycling NZ?

Some of you might be a bit flattened to hear that you shouldn’t crush your aluminium drink cans. A crushed can will not be recognised by machinery at the recycling processing plant and will end up going to landfill.

How much plastic is recycled 2021?

Even though most of it can be recycled or composted, the majority is still dumped in landfills. Only about 13% is recycled on the global level.

United States Recycling Statistics.

Material Tons
Glass 3,060,000
Metal 8,720,000
Plastic 3,090,000
Wood 3,100,000

What is New Zealand doing to reduce waste?

Container return scheme: An option for Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government is looking into the option of a container return scheme to reduce beverage container litter, reduce waste to landfills and increase resource recovery.

How much waste is actually recycled?

The recycling rate (including composting) was 32.1 percent in 2018, down from 34.7 percent in 2015. The per capita rates in 2018 were: 1.16 pounds per person per day for recycling.

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