Kilograms of recycled material per person, per week
Purpose of indicator
Current information and trend
- Waste reduction through education, information brochures, internet resources, and providing support for commerce and industry through the Cleaner Production Programme.
- Re-use and Recycle is promoted by recycling drop-off centres in town, at Rotorua’s (Atiamuri) Landfill and at rural transfer stations. The landfill also has a concrete crushing facility and a whiteware, scrap metal, tyres, timber, paint, greenwaste and vehicle recycling/ separation area.
- Recovery involves extracting materials or energy from waste. Greenwaste is shredded and mulched. Approximately 5% of sludge from the Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently being disposed of to landfill with the bulk being diverted to Kawerau for vermicast trialling. The Waste 2 Gold Programme, renamed TERAXTM, has been working towards using organic waste such as the sludge for production of ethanol to dose the treatment plant, and other useful products such as biofuel and cleaning products.
- Treatment and disposal of residual waste is provided for via weekly refuse collections from urban areas and twice weekly collections from the Rotorua Central Business District. Four transfer stations are located at Mamaku, Reporoa, Tarawera and Okere.