What do we collect for recycling?

We really enjoy the programme, and meeting our neighbours who come to be part of it. It is really helpful for us when everyone sorts their recycling properly and only bring items that we accept.

But please remember – recycling is not just getting rid of rubbish – it is actively sorting the items, so that the recyclers receive what they are set up to process and are therefore able to efficiently prepare it for reuse.

Our programme started as a way to collect items from our members, that are recycled through the Wellington Sustainability Trust. Its not always feasible to run a few metal caps into the city, but if we can collect recycling here from across the suburbs, then we quickly get enough to make a run into town. worthwhile. While we have aimed to keep the regular collection at a level that can be easily managed by a small team of volunteers, we are also keen to expand the items we collect.

We are therefore now starting a schedule of collecting larger items, one type each month, that our group can manage to get to appropriate recycling programmes. This schedule is below in this post. Please note that we will only be able to accept these items in the month that they are scheduled.

It is also a good time to update our information on what it is that we are able to accept for recycling, as there have been several changes over the last year. The Sustainability Trust has made some changes as processors come and go, and we have been happy to add other collections that are already happening locally that we can work in with.

What we accept for recycling each month

  • Plastic lids type 2. These lids must be marked with the type 2 recycling symbol. Anything without a symbol will need to be sent with your household rubbish. The plastics will need to be separated into individual buckets, so we do recommend separating at home.
  • Plastic lids type 5. These lids must be marked with the type 5 recycling symbol. As above the type 5 plastics will be separated into individual buckets, so we do recommend separating at home.
  • Metal Lids –including for eg Crown caps, metal screw tops, sparkling wine wires, metal jar lids, ring-pull caps.
  • Razors and shaving equipment including blades, blade cartrdiges, refillable or disposable razors and packaging
  • Oral care products and packaging including brushes, floss containers, tubes. Make sure excess product is removed, and that all is dry. Electric toothbrush heads are not recyclable.
  • Household and hearing aid batteries.
  • Curtains – must be mould free so they can be re-purposed.
  • Wool balls of wool which Crafty Volunteers, can use in their knitting for charity.
  • Bread bag tags.
  • Rubber bands from delivered Dominion Posts

Schedule of larger item collections for 2022:

  • 7 May

Car batteries (must be clean dry and not leaking)

  • 4 June

Small Metal items (aluminium, copper + other metals) must be clean and dry, and fit into a supermarket bag.

  • 2 July

Ewaste (small and medium devices and appliances excluding TVs and monitors.)

  • 6 August

Food Grade Silicon

  • 3 September

Coffee Capsules – Start collecting your coffee capsules for recycling. We will be accepting capsules which are sent to three separate programmes, so they will need to be separated into these three lots:

  • Nespresso,
  • Nescafé® Dolce Gusto®, and
  • L’OR, Moccona, illy or Jed’s coffee
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Design a Metlink Bus – deadline 19 May

Metlink has a new ‘Design a Metlink Bus’ colouring competition, after it was so successful last year.

The competition is open to all tamariki aged 4 to 18 years of age and closes at 5pm on 19 May. Metlink wants to see how they’d design one of the Metlink buses, showing what they love most about the Wellington Region.

Six winners will be picked by a panel to have their designs featured on buses all over the region – from Wellington City, right through to the Wairarapa and Kāpiti Coast.

How to enter: Simply download an entry form, which contains a template which can be coloured in and designed for both single and double decker buses. Then get creative! Remember to show what you love most about the wider Wellington Region!

Submit your entry! Post your entry by mail, or drop it to a Greater Wellington Regional Council office (listed on the entry form).

More information, and the entry forms are available from Metlink design a bus

Good luck!

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March Recycling Day

The recycling programme which is being run by NCDRA and the Ngaio Union Church is undergoing some change that we want everyone to be aware of.

Due to the major work being carried out on the church buildings, the church is currently not available for collections. We will however have a car parked at the site if the weather permits, at the normal time of 10.00am to 12 noon, Saturday 5 March (first Saturday of the Month) and will be taking your collections from there.

We do suggest that your items are sorted at home, just to reduce any congestion at the collection.

Sorting plastic lids

The processor of the recycled plastic lids has also changed to Aotearoa NZ Made and along with this change we now only collect plastics which are labelled 2 or 5, and these must be separated. We have separate containers for each plastic type.

Any lids which are not clearly marked with the recycling number, will unfortunately need to be sent to rubbish in your household collection.

Some good news for batteries – Wellington City Council are trialing a scheme for recycling household batteries. Unfortunately, despite verbal support for our activities, the Council did not include us in the collection points and supporting publicity. However for a short time at least, we are able to take household batteries without asking for a Koha to cover costs, and we will take these to a collection point on behalf of our members.

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Update – Ferry Terminal Redevelopment

Impression of a new ferry in Wellington Harbour

KiwiRail has received approval for the Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Ferry Terminal Redevelopment project to be considered under the COVID-19 (Fast Track) Act 2020 Consenting process. This provides an alternative consenting pathway for the resource consent, but the proposed redevelopment still had to meet the environmental tests and other Resource Management Act (RMA) requirements.

In order to be considered under the Act, KiwiRail had to demonstrate the project met criteria for referral on issues like employment creation, sustainable management and recovery from the economic and social impacts of COVID-19.

Kiwirail have also announced that selection of the design consortium to prepare the final designs the ferry terminals in Waitohi Picton and Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. The consortium is made up of two engineering consultancies, WSP and Jacobs. It will take the existing concept design through to final design, ahead of construction starting later this year.

Kiwirail are planning to lodge consent in the next few months.You may see some early works starting around the Kaiwharawhara terminal as it undertakes minor works, and relocates utility services that might need moving in preparation for the main construction.

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Khandallah Pool to be Rebuilt

Khandallah Pool.
It is outside of our immediate area, but Khandallah Pool is well used by residents of Ngaio and Crofton Downs, so the Council Decision to rebuild the pool will provide us with a community asset.

At the February meeting of Wellington City Council’s Pūroro Rangaranga Social, Cultural and Economic Committee the full rebuild, including heating of the main pool and installation of a new spa, was approved, with a total cost of $8.05 million.

“This was a decision that had to be weighed up carefully and in the final outcome was made for the Onslow suburbs and all Wellington residents as a whole and will prove to be an investment that will contribute to fitness and more children actively engaged and trained in the life aquatic,” said Mayor Andy Foster.

The budget is scheduled to commence in 2023/24. Council officers will report back in May 2022 on the scheduling for further design work, which is to include community input, and for construction.

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Important Change to Recycling

The Sustainability Trust has advised that recycling of plastic caps will be changing, as The Tiny Plastic Factory has stopped taking them while it works on a new circular economy solution for plastics in the economy . They have now secured a new collection partnership with Aotearoa NZ Made Ltd. There are a couple of key changes to the plastic bottle cap recycling programme.  Metal items remain the same.

However only plastics 2 and 5 are accepted and they must be sorted.

Saturday 5 February will therefore be the last time that we can accept unsorted plastic lids – if you can seperate them this week even better.

At future collections we will only have seperate buckets for type 2 plastic lids, and for type 5 plastic lids.

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Recycling Starting again – Saturday 5 Feb

Our recycling days are starting again this Saturday 5 February. From 10am to noon, bring your recycling items to the Ngaio Union Church for recycling.

You will need a vaccine pass to come into the collection area.

Last year for only about half of the year, we took over 250kg of recycling to the Wellington Sustainability Trust. We are aiming for over 500kg this year.

Items that we accept include:

  • Plastic lids – The Tiny Plastic Factory recycles these – we need to be careful about what goes into the plastic lid collection. All items need to be stamped type 2, 4 or 5 because of the recycling process. Also no thermal seals or waxy paper inserts please.
  • Metal Lids – these go to McAuley Metals, and include for eg Crown caps, metal screw tops, sparkling wine wires, metal jar lids, Ring-pull caps.
  • Razors etc – The Trust is a drop off point for the Gillette and Terracycle Recycling programme
  • Oral care – The Trust is a drop off point for the Colgate and Terraycle Oral Care Recycling programme. Make sure all excess product is removed, and that recycling is dry
  • Batteries – The Sustainability Trust has to charge $5/kg for batteries, so a koha with your drop off is greatly appreciated.
  • Curtains – The Wellington Curtain Bank upcycles pre-loved curtains for those who need them. Must be mould free.
  • Wool – unwanted and untangled balls of wool are sent to Crafty Volunteers, who knit, crochet and sew for charity
  • Bread bag tags,
  • Rubber bands from delivered Dominion Posts

We originally also collected pens – unfortunately, the Trust is now unable to accept pens for recycling as the recycler has closed that option.

We are alsoe pleased to use our recycling days as a drop-in collection station for Ngaio Union Church‘s programme to help restock DCM’s Foodbank. Covid has significantly increased the number of food parcels it distributes each week so all the support it can get is really appreciated.

Bring non-perishable food or basic toiletries to Ngaio Union Church with your recycling. Items most needed include ready meals, soup, tinned fish, biscuits and crackers, tinned fruit, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper – but any non-perishable food or basic toiletries are very welcome.

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Community Picnic Cancelled

Unfortunately, under the Red covid response, we have decided to not have our Ngaio Community Picnic in 2022. The restrictions on crowd numbers, spacing, and area fencing have made this impractical to organise and run.

The picnic is normally an annual highlight and fantastic opportunity to show our community spirit, so we are incredibly disappointed with this decision, but certainly support efforts to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

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Ngaio Crofton Downs Picnic

Our picnic will be on again in 2022.

We are still working on the programme, but please pencil Sunday 13 March 2022 into your diaries, from 12 noon to 3pm.

Covid got in our way last year, but we are planning a full programme next march, with plenty of fun for the kids, entertainment, and a good time to meet other local residents.

More information will be posted on this site, and emailed to members in our newsletter.

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Recycling Day – Saturday 4 December

This Saturday is first of the month, so our Ngaio Crofton Downs Going Carbon Neutral recycling day will be on, at The Ngaio Union Church, Kenya St.

On Saturday, we will be operating at level Orange under the Covid Traffic light system. Therefore you must have a  My Vaccine Pass to enter the Church Hall. (Children under the age of 12 years do not need a My Vaccine Pass).

You will be asked to show your My Vaccine Pass when you arrive at the venue.

We are working with the Sustainability Trust to collect the items below:

  • Plastic lids of type 2,4 or 5.
  • Metal Lids including for eg Crown caps, metal screw tops, sparkling wine wires, metal jar lids, Ring-pull caps.
  • Razors etc
  • Oral care waste and packaging – pleaseake sure all excess product is removed, and that recycling is dry
  • Curtains – for the Wellington Curtain Bank – must be mould free.
  • Wool – unwanted and untangled balls of wool which are  sent to Crafty Volunteers.
  • Bread bag tags,
  • Dominion Post rubber bands

For more information on what we accept for recycling – information is at our website, here: Ngaio Crofton Downs Recycling. We recommend sorting your recycling at home, to minimise time spent at the recycling venue- although we welcome opportunities for a chat.

DCM We act as a drop off point for groceries and donations for DCM, which supports those who are marginalised in our city.  Some of the items most needed are ready meals, soup, tinned fish, biscuits and crackers, tinned fruit, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper – but any non-perishable food or basic toiletries are very welcome.

Community Fruit – we do collect jars for community fruit, but they do have plenty at the moment. Please keep suitable jars at home for our next collection.

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