Forward planning for recycling plastic

Five councils around New Zealand have now stopping taking two thirds of plastic types for recycling as there is nowhere to send them.


Type 3 to 7 plastics cannot be recycled in New Zealand, but many other councils including Auckland and Wellington are still taking them.


At the end of 2017 China banned the import of 24 grades of waste including household plastics and mixed paper. Since then New Zealand has been sending plastic waste to South East Asia, but now Malaysia is also banning imports of non-recyclable plastics.


The Prime Ministers Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard released a report into plastics in December, Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand, which found 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced globally since the 1950s, of which 79 percent has gone to landfill or been discarded into the environment.


Professor Gerrard explains just what is able to recycled.

Forward planning for recycling plastic
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