What happens to the items dropped off for recycling?

Our Ngaio Crofton Down Ngaio Crofton Downs Going Carbon Neutral recycling programme started in June 2021. In the first stage we plan to collect plastic & metal lids, oral care, stationery, razors, wools, curtains and batteries, which we feed in to the recycling programmes which are managed by the Sustainabililty Trust.

People are also interested in how we deal with the collections and what happens to them after they are dropped off. Here are answers to  those questions.

Ngaio Crofton Down Ngaio Crofton Downs Going Carbon Neutral recycling programme is partnering with the Sustainability Trust (https://sustaintrust.org.nz/). We will deliver our collections to the Trust, then they make sure everything is recycled in the right way.

Plastic & metal lids – The Sustainability Trust has partnered up with McAuley Metals (https://www.macaulaymetals.co.nz/) & The Tiny Plastic Factory (https://www.thetinyplasticfactory.co.nz/). McAuley Metals is the largest scrap metal recyclers in New Zealand, and they will collect the metal lids. The Tiny Plastic Factory will collect the plastic lids and process it into quality recycled plastic feedstock for manufacturers.

  • Oral care – The recycled oral care items will come to the Colgate and Terraycle Oral Care Recycling Programme, organised by Colgate and TerraCycle (https://www.terracyclcom/en-NZ/), through the Sustainability Trust. Once collected, the oral waste is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

Stationery – The recycled stationeries will come to the Bic Writing Instruments Recycling Programme, organised by BIC and Terracycle, through the Sustainability Trust. Once collected, the writing instruments are separated by material composition, cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

Razors – The recycled razors will come to the Gillette Razor Recycling Programme, organised by Gillette and TerraCycle, through the Sustainability Trust. Once collected, the blades, razors, and plastic packaging are cleaned and separated by material. Metals are smelted into ingots for reuse, and plastics are melted down and turned into pellets, flakes, and other usable formats that can be remoulded to make new recycled products, such as park benches and picnic tables.

Wools – The Sustainability Trust will deliver the wools to Crafty Volunteers (https://craftyvolunteers.com/) who connects people who knit, crochet and sew for charity, to reuse the wools to make new products.

Curtains – The curtain bank programme, held by the Sustainability Trust, will upcycle the curtains into new ones for families in need. Once collected, they will be remade and given to families with a need in the Wellington Region.

  • Batteries – Batteries are one of the types of e-waste that the Sustainability Trust accepts. The Trust works with trusted partners to dispose of the e-waste correctly. Most of the e-waste goes to Remarkit
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