New Zealand's waste problem is a big problem, and one that continues to grow.
Every year almost one tonne of solid waste for every New Zealander ends up being
buried at our landfills.
Below is a list showing how long it takes for the following common items to
1 - 5 years
Aluminium cans and caps
10 - 20 years
Plastic coated paper
Plastic film containers
20 - 30 years
30 - 40 years
up to 50 years
1 - 5 years
Orange and banana peels
up to 2 years
As you can see from this table it takes a very long time for many of our
everyday resources to break down in the landfill. After the waste is
buried some of it will start to break down causing potential pollution
problems such as leachate and methane gas. Leachate is a liquid made up of
rainwater and rotting material, which is harmful to the environment if not
properly contained and treated.
Methane gas is harmful to the Ozone layer
and comes from the breakdown of organic materials. About 6% of New
Zealand's Methane emissions come from landfills.
5R's Waste Management Hierarchy
In order to prevent valuable materials being buried in Omarunui Landfill it is
important that we implement the 5R's waste management hierarchy to ensure that
we take the smallest amount possible to the landfill. Reduce, Reuse and
Recycle to lessen the quantity of waste you throw away.
Napier Waste Minimisation Officer's activities are to
promote cleaner production, waste reduction in the community. Take your own
bags to the supermarket, this save collecting bags that you don't really
want, buy products with less packaging or recyclable packaging.
Reusable shopping bags are readily available and proven to be cost effective while also protecting the environment, second-hand dealers and charity
groups will often take useful items.
The kerbside recycling is collected
fortnightly in Napier and weekly in Hastings by Transpacific Allbrites.
There are various private recycling operators in Napier/Hastings cities who
are able to offer services for various materials. A recycling depot is
operated by the Hastings District Council at the Henderson Road Recycling
Depot, and there is a free drop-off zone at the All Brite facility, Austin
Commercial scale composting by Napier City
Council, or use of a building recycler who may recover materials from buildings.
The final, environmentally acceptable
disposal of wastes occurs at Omarunui Landfill, which is a sanitary landfill designed to the highest enginering specifications.
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