The Ashburton District Council will soon install several new recycling stations, thanks to more than $15,000 funding from The Packaging Forum's Public Place Recycling Scheme.
Four stations will be installed in Ashburton, three in Methven, three in Rakaia and one in Hinds. Each of the stations will include a yellow topped bins for mixed recyclables, a blue topped bin for glass bottles and a red topped bin for general rubbish. An additional bin for glass recycling will also be placed in Ashburton, on the edge of the liquor ban area, where bottles are often left on the street.
Council Waste Recovery Manager Craig Goodwin said the stations would be beneficial for the environment and convenient for the community. " We are being careful to place them where they will be best used but people will need to remember they are not for household or office rubbish."
The Public Place Recycling Scheme, which is funded on a voluntary basis by the commercial sector, has given the Council $15,630 towards the bins. The Scheme aims to increase recycling and reduce litter in communities.
"Our Ashburton project is part of a wider Council strategy to change the way people deal with material they want to discard, while they are out and about in our community. It would be great if people learned to take their rubbish home with them," Mr Goodwin said.
"If we all disposed of our litter responsibly and made better use of the kerbside recycling collection, as well as the Resource Recovery Parks and Recycling Drop Off Sites, we would be able to reduce the number of litter bins and save ratepayers money," he said.