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New Zealand waste recycling

How many businesses in Dunedin have a zero waste policy or strategies in place for minimisation of waste and packaging? Would the city and regional councils even care? Do they facilitate? What is Otago Chamber of Commerce advocating to its membership?

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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014
Recycling buyers losing patience
By Abbie Napier
On your way to work you stop and grab a takeaway coffee. A few minutes later, you make the point of putting it in the recycling bin, secure in the knowledge you’ve done your bit for global warming today. A few hours later, a recycling collection truck comes by and ferries the recycling bin contents to a sorting plant. Diligent and nimble-fingered staff grab your takeaway cup off the conveyor belt and throw it into the rubbish pile headed for landfill.

Contrary to popular belief, cardboard takeaway coffee cups are no longer being recycled. Neither are plastic bottle caps, supermarket shopping bags, pizza boxes or beer boxes.

New Zealand is reliant on the custom of foreign recycling companies which set the standards, and they are getting fussy. New Zealand has no recycling facilities. There are plenty of collecting and sorting depots, but none can actually recycle the material they collect. Instead, Kiwi companies sort and grade items. Companies from China, Indonesia, India and Vietnam then tender for a shipment of a certain grade of paper, plastic or aluminium. Bales are stacked into shipping containers and sent overseas, where they are eventually recycled.

Mastagard is the South Island’s largest independently-owned recycling and waste collection company. Quality assurance and shipping manager Dave Oberholzer said the recycling industry was changing. In the past five months, he has had to slowly start excluding items like takeaway coffee cups from his recycling operation. Oberholzer said if a centrally-located recycling facility was set up in New Zealand, it would be well used. It would stop the recycling industry from being dictated by foreign companies and would cost less for local companies.
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Have you visited Whitcoulls ‘revamped’ store in George Street lately? Books and magazines have been pushed to the back of store, book displays promoting new titles are ho-hum (so bad, why bother?), try finding the book section that interests you… Replacing the books at front of store are shelves and shelves of hideous brightly-coloured ‘over-packaged’ childrens toys and education aids.

With these changes, Whitcoulls transcends the last ten or so years of middle-of-the-road dullness. Not in a good way. Apart from nearly going bust, the company has made the large premises mind-numbingly awful – functionally and aesthetically. This is Cringe Palace.

What is Whitcoulls telling New Zealand families? “Welcome to the throw-away age!” “Books, what are books?! (we don’t know)” “Buy cheap trash from shipping containers, manufactured by overseas underclasses!” “Fight your way through the packaging!” “These products can’t be recycled here, that’s a good thing!” Et cetera.

Whitcoulls has been diminished and devalued by its owners and directors. The retail market is always hard, especially for ‘average’ book stores. But for ‘imagining the scene’ that promotes child and adult education and entertainment, if not stationery supplies… Whitcoulls has concussion and blindness. By abandoning and denying innovation and inspiration, Whitcoulls fails all the challenges that make New Zealand retail fun and edgy.

Whitcoulls George Street resembles another $2 store, with huge mark-ups. The proud historical Whitcoull’s brand is LOST. Packaged Junk is now the primary ‘store presence’. Ghastly.

We won’t be back.

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D Scene – Game on, stadium

Carisbrook Stadium Trust is 15 months out from the 31 July 2011 deadline.

### D Scene 28-10-09
Stadium – game on (page 10)
Dunedin’s stadium is not yet built, but it is already hosting a fiercely contested, high-stakes game. This game is a race against the clock, spurred on by the 2011 Rugby World Cup, with millions of dollars riding on it. Michelle Sutton talks to the home team, and looks at its opposition.

Group weighs in on stadium (page 6)
By Wilma McCorkindale
The Dunedin Ratepayers and Householders Association is in recess until its future is decided. However, in a media statement the association said it had called a meeting because it had heard about unexpected stadium charges on rate demands. Association secretary Neville Poole said the assciation would meet at the Pioneer Women’s Hall on November 9.

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Ecosanctuary to open (page 2)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Orokonui Ecosanctuary officially opens Friday night after two decades in the making. Manager Chris Baillie said the $5m facility is officially opening at 6pm with a plaque unveiling by Otago Natural History Trust chairman Dr Ralph Allen and a keynote speech by acclaimed botanist Professor Alan Mark.

Landfill considered (page 6)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin City Council is investigating a regional landfill to replace Green Island tip. The council has consent for its landfill until 2023. Otago councils are looking at a future regional facility in the Otago area.

Recycling submissions hearings on (page 6)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Hearing of oral submissions to the Dunedin City Council kerbside recycling collection system begins today. DCC solid waste manager Ian Featherston recommends council’s preferred option known as Option C. It advocates the retention of black rubbish bags and the blue recycling container, which will be used for glass recycling only. It also adds a lidded wheelie bin for other recyclables.


Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 9)
Your say
Council’s financial bind by Lyndon Weggery, Kew
With all the talk about council finances going into the red, an increasing Dunedin City Holdings Limited debt and proposed cutting of water and wastewater budgets it is surely a case of “I told you so”. The main objection to funding the new stadium by the majority of ratepayers and citizens is that it has effectively taken away valuable funds for the things that really matter in running a city like Dunedin.

City councillors by Dave Brownlie, Dunedin
I am sick of reading about Dave Witherow moaning about our councillors. Just remember who went to court and lost and didn’t even have the money to cover the court costs, so who misled the people?

Rubbish plan by Jeff Dickie, Woodhaugh
I have been informed by a Dunedin City Council official that the new rubbish plan, Option C, is to cost about $2.4 million.


Hydro schemes likely (page 17)
By Wilma McCorkindale
As Contact Energy investigates future hydro schemes on the Clutha, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief John Christie believes Dunedin can step up and be New Zealand’s next hydro city.

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