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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007
Kaikoura, New Zealand. Photo by PeterNijenhuis & used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 license.
Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Recycling to improve in Kaikoura

April 04, 2007

Community events were recently held in coastal and rural communities in Kaikoura (New Zealand) to generate ways to increase the collection of recyclables from these areas.




While these communities have been actively recycling, their efforts are hampered by, among others: inaccessible routes; wind and rodents; and transportation and pick-up travel and labour time.




One solution proposed has been to set out SULO iceberg waste containers, which are designed with small receptacles on the surface that have large capacity below ground. Advantages of this type of bin include:

  • convenient locations;
  • 24-hour service for residents;
  • efficient labour and transport management for the city; and the
  • eradication of the previous wind and rodent problems.


The council of Kaikoura is currently considering appropriate sites for the waste containers.




Waste management approaches also reduce transportation-related emissions and overall energy savings by reusing items that would otherwise have to be manufactured. Also, a dependence on landfills can be reduced through waste prevention and recycling measures, resulting in the further elimination of greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on the importance of waste management, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.




Kaikoura is one of 10 local governments in New Zealand that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its projects in Oceania, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania.




Source: “Enhancing the Rural and Coastal Recycling Service”, Kaikoura District Council press release, 30 March 2007.



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