Arthur’s Pass and Castle Hill to gain recycling facilities

Selwyn news
Friday, May 19, 2017

The alpine villages of Arthur’s Pass and Castle Hill are to receive new recycling facilities, a move welcomed by MP for Selwyn, Amy Adams.

“I am delighted by Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson’s recent announcement that recycling stations will be established in these two communities with funding from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund,” said Ms Adams.

“These two communities have previously not had access to recycling facilities, despite local residents and businesses having been keen to establish a permanent and sustainable recycling service for some time.”

This project will establish recycling stations in three locations, two in Arthur’s Pass and one in Castle Hill, using large customised converted shipping containers. The first recycling station was launched in Arthur’s Pass earlier this year, with the remaining two recycling stations to open later this year.  

“The system will enable residents, businesses and tourists to access a convenient recycling facility accepting the full range of kerbside recyclables: glass bottles, plastics, aluminium and steel cans, paper and cardboard,” said Ms Adams.

The proposed system will recover approximately 40 tonne of recyclables per annum.

“Giving residents, holiday home owners, businesses and tourists the opportunity to recycle will reduce dumping of recyclable waste and help preserve this unique environment,” said Ms Adams.

The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund was established in 2009 and is funded by a levy that is charged on waste disposed of at landfills. Over $60 million has been awarded to more than 100 projects to date.

Further information on the Waste Minimisation Fund is available from: www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/waste/waste-minimisation-fund/index.html.