Glass recycling fails to keep up

A nationwide glass recycling crisis is forcing a Wairarapa rethink on managing waste tonnages – including a call to drink more beer from cans not bottles.

Peter Ruddock, waste minimisation officer for Carterton and Masterton district councils, said the problem facing councils across the country has grown steadily worse since late last year when a voluntary glass importation levy was removed. Its removal came after several previous years of increasing national usage of glass containers for food and drink.

About 60 tonnes of green, brown and white glass are recycled each month from the Masterton and Carterton districts, he said, which is transported to Owens Illinois in Auckland, the only recycled glass smelter in New Zealand.

The firm have reached capacity and while they are still taking glass, the price paid for the resource has plummeted from $70 to $10 a tonne. The company transporting Wellington regional recycled glass, including Wairarapa material, has already exceeded a national quota limit for the work, he said.
Small glass crushers may also be used onsite as more glass could then be taken per load to Auckland, he said.

There has been discussion that crushed glass may be used as a base material in the new waste transfer station to be built at the Masterton landfill site, he said, which closes on October 1.

Parliamentary discussions have also been held of a waste levy being imposed, he said, that may cost from $10 up to $50 a tonne over a decade. The cost would be passed on to dump users at the gate, and to ratepayers through higher prices for the council rubbish bags.

Another option is for people to buy their food and drink where available in packaging that is not glass.

"I recently changed to buying my beer in cans, and the other good thing is that you can fit more of them into the recycling bin.

From October 1, there would be a cost of $100 a tonne to dump waste in Masterton, although dumping glass for recycling will be free.

"I am aware South Wairarapa are also having big problems. Various councils are opting for solutions such as stockpiling into glass mountains, subsidising transport to Auckland and in some cases even suspending the collection of glass for recycling," Mr Ruddock said.

"Here, both councils have been working with the recycling contractors to ensure that glass recycling continues in our area, and a transport subsidy is being paid. It would be a tragedy if we had to suspend recycling.

"Both councils are pressuring government and the Ministry for the Environment to come up with solutions."

Read the entire news on the source link below.

600450 Glass recycling fails to keep up
Date: 15 May 2006

See more news about:

Others also read

British Glass is researching how the refurbishment and demolition supply chains could be enabled to recycle more flat glass back into new glass.
Sisecam Group and The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are establishing a new partnership to increase glass recycling rate in Turkey.
As European authorities look into ways to make the concept of a ‘Circular Economy’ real in the construction sector, a new study of Deloitte Sustainability analyses the present situation in the management and recycling of end-of-life building glass in the EU. 
Save the Planet is the only specialized business event in Bulgaria dedicated to waste management, following the trend of replacing the ‘take, make, dispose' model with a ‘circular economy’ approach across Europe. 
Ardagh Group is an ardent supporter of recycling across each of our manufactured materials. Our goal is to become the leading supplier of inherently sustainable packaging.
One of Europe’s most advanced glass recycling facilities marked a major investment milestone recently as Clive Betts, Chair of the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee and MP for Sheffield South East, visited leading recycling, resource and energy recovery business Viridor.

Add new comment