Dirty nappies and more: Dunedinites abuse kerbside collection system

Workers sorting the material said they were also dealing with “thousands” of dirty nappies discarded as recycling each day.

Contamination levels, reported as between 2% and 2.5% in July last year, were actually “about 12%”. This was high compared with other New Zealand centres. “It should be about 5% overall.”

### ODT Online Sat, 7 Jan 2012
DCC worker jabbed by dumped needle
By Chris Morris
A worker at Dunedin’s recycling plant is facing a nervous six-month wait for blood test results after being pricked by a discarded syringe. The incident happened as the woman worked at the Green Island recycling plant last week, sorting through items coming down a conveyor belt as part of the Dunedin City Council’s kerbside collection operation.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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8 responses to “Dirty nappies and more: Dunedinites abuse kerbside collection system

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 10 Jan 2012
    Recycling bins to be checked for rubbish
    By Chris Morris
    The Dunedin City Council is planning more door-to-door checks aimed at lifting the lid on the contents of the city’s wheelie bins, as part of a crackdown on recycling contamination.
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    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Sat, 14 Jan 2012
      Editorial: Rubbishing Dunedin’s recycling
      The story of Dunedin’s latest foray into city recycling makes dismal reading. Far too many people are abusing the green and yellow bins and in so doing abusing the recycling contractor, its staff, the city council, the citizens of Dunedin and the cause of recycling. All it takes is a modicum of civic responsibility to follow the instructions and use the system properly. Instead, come reports of 12% non-recyclables dumped in the bin including soiled nappies, car batteries, dead cats and, disturbingly and dangerously, needles.
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  2. Hype O'Thermia

    The council used to take away the rubbish “for free”. Some bright spark came up with the idea that we would all become much more aware of how much rubbish we generated and make changes in our lifestyles to create less, if we had to pay per black bag. Pure coincidence that this allowed the rates to increase less ferociously while transferring an avoidable charge to the populace. Since then the charges of taking it to the landfill have galloped up and up too.
    Avoidable by – who else predicted this? – dumping their crap in the Town Belt. Over a convenient bank into the blackberries. And now into wheely bins.
    Penalties? Ooh, look at the naughty people quaking in their jandals, or possibly not.
    Watch for the next installment of “Unpredicted But Not Unpredictable Consequences”, an ongoing story of human nature: dumping crap[py nappies] into other people’s wheely bins. Don’t underestimate the capacity of humans to adapt.

  3. Elizabeth

    Recycling –

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  4. Elizabeth

    Those who “abused” the system risked forcing higher charges on everyone.

    ### ODT Online Sun, 18 Jan 2015
    ‘Recycling’ contaminated
    By Chris Morris
    An unwanted rush of plastic bags, rats and syringes is keeping staff at Dunedin’s Green Island recycling plant busy. Staff at the ratepayer-funded facility said they have been inundated with extra recycling as holidaymakers returned home and began clearing out Christmas packaging and other unwanted items.
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    ● No plastic bags
    ● Keep lids on plastic bottles and do not squash them
    ● No plastic/nylon garden hoses
    ● No dead animals
    ● No discarded syringes
    ● No dirty nappies

  5. Elizabeth

    I think we can all name which local cafes leave out black bags to be decimated, every evening before rubbish collection.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 20 Jan 2015
    Black bags a meal ticket for resourceful gulls
    By Debbie Porteous
    Seagulls rifling through central Dunedin rubbish are riling at least one local resident. People who put their rubbish bags out early are annoying him, too.
    It is illegal in Dunedin to put out household rubbish bags before 7 o’clock the night before scheduled collection, but some people appear not to be aware of the rules, York Pl resident Roy Kenny says.
    He is backed up by rubbish collection agent Envirowaste, which says it might be time to remind people of the rules.
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  6. Peter

    Some of the stuff mentioned here seems obvious not to dump, but I was not personally aware of not squashing plastic bottles with lids off.
    I am under the impression you should wash containers before dumping and to even rip the paper off things like tins, if you can, and then squash them. Is this still required?

  7. Elizabeth

    More information at the DCC website on rubbish and recycling – including what can go in the yellow-lidded wheelie bins, where to buy DCC approved rubbish bags, and collection days for your area of town – http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/rubbish-and-recycling

    Enquiries, phone DCC on 03 477 4000

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