CCANZ in the News $12k for Recycling Research

Last year Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand helped non-profit organisation Keep New Zealand Beautiful access a $180,000 grant from the global Coca-Cola Foundation.

Last year Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand helped non-profit organisation Keep New Zealand Beautiful access a $180,000 grant from the global Coca-Cola Foundation. The purpose of the grant being to facilitate community projects throughout the country that encourage and promote recycling.

The Marlborough District Council have initiated a new recycling project funded by the grant as reported on by The Blenheim Sun.

$12k for Recycling Research

14 May 2014

Tua Marina School has kicked off a new rural recycling project for Marlborough District Council that aims to find out whether recycling services are needed outside of Blenheim.

A big blue recycling container has been installed at the school and will remain there for one month as council records the type and volume of recyclables people in the community drop off there.

Council has been awarded a $12,000 grant for the project through the Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants, funded by the Coca Cola Foundation in partner-ship with The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society.

The project will be run in partnership with local schools, with recycling containers expected to also be installed at other rural schools in the region. Each school will host the container for a four week period between May and September. The container is divided into four compartments, with capacity to take up to 12 cubic metres of material, including cans, plastic and glass bottles. "We need to see how these communities will react to having an un-staffed recycling container available for the collection of cans, plastic and glass bottles," said council's solid waste manager Alec McNeil.

"It will also help us with information about the level of contaminants we might expect."

"We're asking the schools to come on board in order to give this the best chance of success."

"We know from other places that simply setting up un-staffed recycling points doesn't always work."

"While some will use the containers properly and sort their materials, others just use it as a free dump point. With the school community and pupils involved, we're hoping we'll get full cooperation."

- The Blenheim Sun
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