Tossed in the tip
During the Rugby World Cup, improvements were made to the marina facilities to handle an influx of campers and visitors, including better public toilets and showers and a sewage pumpout for campervans. Wheelie bins for bottles, cans, and paper were also put in the parking lot, though two large dumpsters already existed. After the games, the recycling bins were removed.
“I suppose people could say, ‘why don’t you leave them there?’’ says Wellington City Council’s Clayton Anderson. “Basically, they’re household wheelie bins strapped to trees that people could pinch over time and not proper bottle banks that we have now.”
Love NZ, which manages a $2 million recycling campaign for the government, also installed bottle banks throughout the city for the Rugby World Cup, and Anderson says their design inspired the city’s new banks, trialling at Karori New World, The Mill on Victoria Street, and the carpark on Gladstone Terrace in Kelburn.
Potential revenue from the glass, which is reprocessed in New Zealand and more valuable than other recyclables, is one outcome the city wants. “When the successes of the trial are evaluated one of the longer term advantages will be the revenue contribution the glass can make to ensure that the Wellington kerbside recycling collection service can remain free of rates funding,” says Zac Jordan of Citioperations.
He says the city does not have a fixed policy about recycling on its properties, but this trial, which lasts two months, could inform a future policy. “Recycling opportunities can be on council or private land – it’s the merit of the location that is most important. The current trial is on both public and private land,” he says. A positive trial could lead to additional bottle banks in other suburbs.
About 140 boats are kept in the city’s marina and campervans regularly overnight in the carpark to make use of the public facilities. Chaffers Marina, which is privately operated with a lease from the city, has on-site recycling facilities, as does Seaview Marina, which is owned and operated by Hutt City Council.