New provisions for glass recycling

TCC is working to make provisions for city glass recycling after Tauranga’s private kerbside collectors ceased accepting glass for recycling this month. File photo.

Tauranga City Council has been making provisions for city glass recycling in response to Tauranga’s private kerbside collection providers ceasing to accept glass for recycling at the beginning of this month.

To cope with the expected influx of glass at the city’s two transfer stations, glass storage bays and recycling drop off areas have been expanded.

Previously, private operators would have taken collected glass directly to Waste Management’s recycling facility, so new provisions at the transfer stations have been required to handle the increase in demand.  

A grant of just over $30,000 from the Glass Packaging Forum assisted with the costs of enlarging concrete pads and glass storage bays at the Te Maunga Transfer Station.

TCC acting manager resource recovery and waste Cathy Davidson says the expansion allows for nearly double the previous capacity of glass to be stored in colour-separated glass bays prior to being transported to Auckland for recycling into new glass products.

“We are very grateful to the Glass Packaging Forum for their generous contribution,” she says.

“In additional response to the end of private kerbside glass collections, the council has also proposed to provide a rates-funded kerbside glass collection service to start as soon as possible this year. This glass collection proposal is up for public consultation this month as part of the council’s draft Long Term Plan 2018-2028.”

TCC also has a proposed a full kerbside collection service in the Long Term Plan, which would provide rubbish, organic (food and/or garden waste) and mixed recycling collections – including glass.

However, if adopted, this full service would not commence until 2021 due to the time it takes to set up and implement a city-wide service.

“The interim proposed kerbside glass collection has the potential to divert as much as 6000 tonnes of glass per year from landfill. Glass is infinitely recyclable and should be kept out of landfill.”

To learn more about the proposed rates-funded interim glass, and full kerbside collection services, please visit

To have your say during the Long Term Plan Public consultation period, which is open from March 16 to April 16, visit


I'd love to recycle

Posted on 14-03-2018 18:52 | By Calm down

But 90% of my bin is glass. So now I’ve asked my provider to remove my 2 small rubbish and recycle bins and replace them with one large rubbish bin.


Posted on 14-03-2018 13:35 | By jed

Just going to chuck all my glass in general waste. Waste management going to give me a fee reduction?

What a joke

Posted on 14-03-2018 13:11 | By Lvdw

So lets see. I have a contract with Council to provide service A, B and C. A time down the line I decide that I don’t want to do Service B anymore, for whatever reason. I still retain the contract but doing a third less of the work....sounds like a good deal to me. Now Council is asking rate payers to pay for that shortfall. And did they honestly not think that TGA residents wouldn’t try to recycle their glass anyway, thus causing major congestion at the transfer stations? Such forward thinkers we have running things. Well done!


Posted on 14-03-2018 11:03 | By deadlydi

How many just chucking their glass into the general waste bin or rubbish bag?


Posted on 14-03-2018 10:30 | By Johnney

The council department responsible is inept as the building department (Bella Vista Homes). Waste Management are cherry picking the most profitable parts of recycling. Council should either cancel their contract managing the transfer station or get the to start collecting glass.


Posted on 14-03-2018 09:16 | By rogue

TCC must of known this was going to be an issue. There must be a contract in place between the council & their contractor for rubbish & recycling around the city. Surely the contract the council draws up states something about picking up all types of recycling. If so wouldn’t the contractor be breaching the contract? If so what penalties does the council have at it’s disposal in the "Contract" they would have drawn up?

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