Ashburton District Council's glass recycling depot is about to be upgraded with the support of a $58,500 grant from the Glass Packaging Forum's (GPF) Product Stewardship Scheme.
Improvements to the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park are scheduled for early 2016.
Cr Darryl Nelson, a member of the Canterbury Waste Committee, said the grant would be used to build a series of glass bunkers to enable glass to be stored by colour.
"The quality of glass recycling will be significantly improved with the new sorting system in place. Separated glass can be put to higher value uses, including re-manufacturing into new bottles and jars, but mixed glass has lower value use options," he said.
The bunkers will replace old, obsolete storage facilities. Once built, they will be located on a more accessible site as part of a major overhaul of the Resource Recovery Park. Creating the bunkers will be the first phase of the multi-phased upgrade.
Cr Nelson said the GPF grant, which will cover a significant amount of the cost of revamping the park, is a welcome contribution to the project and is a strong indication of its worthiness.
"This grant will enable us to improve our recycling collection across the district. Glass left at our rural drop off collections will now contribute to a higher tonnage of better quality glass sent for recycling," Cr Nelson said. "It is all about our region's commitment to environmental issues and to making Ashburton a leader in responsible waste management practices."
The GPF was established in 2006 to promote the environmental benefits of glass packaging. Its objective is to ensure that as much waste container glass as possible is diverted from landfill.