Green Island recycling plant

### ODT Online Sat, 21 Apr 2012
Recycling facility formally opened
By Chris Morris
Dunedin’s recycling culture has come a long way in a short time, helped by the city’s multimillion-dollar Green Island recycling plant, Mayor Dave Cull says. His comments came as Mr Cull formally opened the plant yesterday, nine months and thousands of tonnes of mixed recycling after the Materials Recovery Facility was first commissioned in June last year.

The recycling plant was part of a partnership between the council and several companies. The plant was built on Hall Bros land by another of owner Doug Hall’s companies, Anzide Properties. It was equipped by Carter Holt Harvey and operated by the company’s subsidiary, Fullcircle Recycling, which shared office space on site with EnviroWaste, which provided collection services for the council.

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6 responses to “Green Island recycling plant

  1. wirehunt

    You don’t have to go very far north (South Canterbury) to see a much better system.
    Three bin system including green waste, not crowing about how damned good their really old blue bin system is.
    Now waste, there’s a word. It seems to describe our council so well.

  2. wirehunt

    {Two comments deleted. Unacceptable. -Eds}

  3. Anonymous

    Want to get rid of your old tv? For five bucks you can drop it into Smiths City Andersons Bay who are participating in the TV TakeBack programme. This is probably better than dropping off at the tip and a bit cheaper than the cost of disposing through a professional recycling company.

    Check it out over at the ODT:

    ### ODT Online Tue, 26 Mar 2013
    Scheme for TV recycling
    Shawn McAvinue
    A government scheme to recycle unwanted televisions started in the South yesterday. Environment Minister Amy Adams said the TV TakeBack programme aimed to have televisions recycled, rather than dumped in landfill. Televisions contained lead and mercury, which could be harmful if released into soils and waterways, ”so they should not be dumped in landfills.”
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    There are also more creative uses for the tele, including Anna Chinn’s fascinating blog about a Sanyo Telecolor:

    Ps. My point about recycling tv’s does is not meant to dismiss the horror stories about the unfortunate buggers who are at the end of the line stripping tech down to its valuable and often dangerous components, for corporates to then on-sell for profit.

  4. Anonymous

    It costs $25 at present to recycle a television at Rummage […and…] a lot of people were dumping televisions with their rubbish because it was cheaper.

    Wow. Twenty five bucks to dump your telly. No wonder nobody’s fronting up to the Rummage office. At that price, it makes other opportunities look affordable: Maybe we could all chip in to recycle some of the Stadium Councillors? There are limited processing blocks in them but plenty of dangerous parts that need to be removed to protect the local environment.

    Well done to Smiths City for picking up the campaign opportunity.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 29 Mar 2013
    Hundreds tune in to TV drop-off
    By Dan Hutchinson
    At least 200 television hoarders have taken advantage of a $5 recycling deal in just the first day and a-half of the promotion. Smiths City Andersons Bay has had a steady procession of cars arriving with old televisions stuffed into the back seat or the boot. The deal was part of the Government-subsidised ”TV TakeBack” programme.
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    {Smiths City has no apostrophe. -Eds}

    • ### April 16, 2013 – 7:00pm
      Price to drop for recycling of old televisions
      The price will drop and access to collection sites will increase for people wanting to get rid of unwanted televisions. The Dunedin City Council has taken advantage of new Ministry for the Environment funding to provide a $5 recycling fee, down from $25.

      New collection sites have also been added.

      The recycling of old televisions is being enhanced as the countdown to the 28th of April digital switchover continues. The former Jacko’s wood yard in Thomas Burns Street will be open for TV recycling for five days from this Thursday. The council is also supporting a University of Otago collection site in the car park beside the former Wickliffe Press building this weekend.
      Ch9 Link

      • ### ODT Online Thu, 18 Apr 2013
        Fee of $5 to recycle TVs
        By Shawn McAvinue
        More Dunedin collection depots will open today for people to recycle unwanted televisions, Dunedin City Council waste strategy officer Catherine Irvine says. The council was supporting the Ministry for the Environment’s TV TakeBack programme, which encouraged people to recycle unwanted televisions for a $5 fee. Ms Irvine said about 95% of a television could be recycled. It was important televisions were recycled, rather than dumped, because they contained hazardous materials. The council had a government subsidy quota to collect 4300 sets for the $5 subsidised fee, she said.
        The council was partnering with RCN e-Cycle and would be collecting unwanted televisions at Jacko’s Yard, in Thomas Burns St, and Rummage, at the Green Island Transfer Station.
        University of Otago property services sustainability co-ordinator Dr Hilary Phipps said students had volunteered to collect unwanted televisions in the car park beside the Wickliffe Press building in Forth St on Saturday and Sunday. The $5 recycling fee applied and the TV set would be given to RCN e-Cycle to dismantle in Christchurch, Dr Phipps said.
        Smiths City Andersons Bay manager Vick Veera said unwanted televisions would be accepted for the $5 fee until April 28.
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