No recycling options

Re S Harris's letter in The Weekend Sun (September 29). We no longer recycle as much as we could for many reasons. Our weekly bag is rarely full so it is not financially viable to hire a recycling bin. Once the bag is ready for collection we top it up with recyclables as we don't have any other option. Food scraps are dug into the garden or frozen until they can be given to a friend for their pigs. Using the Maleme St recycling centre is not an option as we live 25km away.

Where are the containers for aluminium cans that used to be in supermarket car parks? Where are the bottle depots? No longer available it seems, so what do we do?  We throw ours in the rubbish bag each week. We don't want to but we don't have any other option.

Where can we dump our plastic that don't carry the magic numbers one and two? Nowhere, so they go into the bag and end up in the landfill.

What happened to the inorganic street collections? Gone years ago. Is it any wonder there is illegal dumping? Our big tin of dead batteries saved for recycling ended up in the landfill too.

Maybe if council came up with answers then shipping our household trash over the Kaimais for disposal would be considerably less.

M Anderson, Otumoetai (Abridged).



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