A new three-bin recycling unit has been installed near the bike skills park at Friendly Bay in Oamaru.
The new bins follows a request from the Whitestone Civic Trust for more rubbish bins in the historic precinct and requests from overseas visitors for recycling facilities in the town. Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust (WRRT) manager Dave Clare says funding for the recycling bins was sourced from the Public Place Recycling scheme and Litter Abatement Programme.
“We’ve been fortunate to secure a $10,000 grant and that has allowed us to purchase five ‘heritage’ three bay recycling/rubbish units,” says Mr Clare. “The bins collect glass bottles and jars, general recycling plastics and cans, and non-recycling rubbish.”
The first was recently installed and a second unit will be installed, again in Friendly Bay, but closer to the children’s playground. “Where the other three units will go has yet to be decided but could include the Oamaru Farmer’s Market area, the Oamaru Public Gardens or Kakanui.”
Deputy Mayor Melanie Tavendale says the collaboration between Council and WRRT shows how the two organisations can provide a sought-after service that the public has asked for.
Cr Tavendale says, “It’s great to see the recycling bins in an area of Oamaru that is growing in popularity and is attracting both locals and visitors. There is a growing expectation that this type of service should be provided and we’re very pleased to work with WRRT to make that happen.”
The weight of recycling material and general rubbish will be recorded and advised on a quarterly basis to the Public Place Recycling Scheme operators who operate this programme in conjunction with the Ministry for the Environment’s Love NZ brand.
Mr Clare says, “The success of the scheme will be judged on the amount of material diverted from landfills.” The existing rubbish bins in Friendly Bay will be relocated to the historic precinct.

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