After 1 July 2019, a three-level system will operate for contamination of bins with non-recyclable material.
- Level 1 Contamination – The first time your recycling wheelie bin contains minor amounts of non-recyclable material, you’ll get a Level 1 sticker on your bin and we’ll provide you with information to help you recycle right. Your bin will be emptied.
- Level 2 Contamination – If we are unable to collect your recycling because of major contamination with non-recyclable materials, or minor contamination occurs for the second time in six weeks, you’ll get a Level 2 sticker on your bin and we’ll provide you with information to help you recycle right. Your bin will not be emptied.
- Level 3 Contamination – In cases of serious repeat contamination with non-recyclable material, your kerbside recycling collection service may be suspended indefinitely or your recycling bin may be removed. You’ll need to contact us to have your service resumed. You will still be able to take your recycling to a recycling station.
Why do we need the three levels system?
Horowhenua District Council sends kerbside recycling to a materials recovery facility (MRF) for sorting and processing prior to sale on the global recycling market. If a truckload of our kerbside recycling is contaminated with more than about 11 per cent non-recyclable material, the whole truckload can be rejected. If there is serious repeat contamination from our district, the MRF may eventually stop accepting recycling from Horowhenua.
It’s important that we all do our bit to prevent this from happening and protect our environment.