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Wairoa glass bunkers helping to reduce landfill waste

'Simple but effective way to improve sustainability'

Recyclable glass ending up in landfill due to space constraints is a thing of the past for Wairoa, thanks in part to a grant of $25,000 from the Glass Packaging Forum (GPF).

The grant has helped Wairoa District Council build new, bigger glass storage bunkers at the town's refuse transfer station.

Council property manager Luke Knight said previously any glass that could not be stored in the old, smaller bunkers went to landfill.

“However, the new bunkers, which cost $94,000, will eliminate this and see up to 150 tonnes more glass being recycled each year rather than being wasted in landfill.”

The council's contribution to the project was $69,000.

“The Glass Packaging Forum's grant means we are able to prevent more material from going in the landfill and actually recycle more.

“The glass bunkers will also give us greater flexibility around co-ordinating loads for removal and help to manage peak demand over the summer months.”

Glass Packaging Forum Scheme manager Dominic Salmon said the new bunkers were a simple but effective way for the council to improve sustainability.

“Increasing storage capacity is also critical to a viable and efficient collection and recycling model.

“It means fewer freight movements and more cost-effective transport which is why the GPF has provided investment for similar projects around the country.”

READY FOR RECYCLING: The new storage bunkers at Wairoa's refuse transfer station mean up to an extra 150 tonnes of glass can be recycled each year. The bunkers cost $94,000, with $25,000 of that paid through a Glass Packaging Forum grant. Picture supplied