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Technology to help improve recycling in Dunedin

Smart recycling and rubbish bins are being trialled in Dunedin as part of a national campaign to reduce litter.

Dunedin as part of a national campaign to reduce litter.

The Let’s Put Litter in its Place campaign will see more than 100 sets of bins installed around the country, including 10 in Dunedin’s Warehouse Precinct and the Great King Street Bus Hub.

The Packaging Forum Project Manager Lyn Mayes says, “The design includes smart technology and features to reduce contamination, manage overflowing bins and improve ease of use and identification. Each set has bins for recycling, glass and rubbish.”

Each recycling and rubbish bin has an EYEFI unit which provides an alert when bins are getting full, meaning they’re emptied as required rather than on a schedule. As well as smart technology, the bins have been designed to make their purpose clear for users.

Mrs Mayes says the bins have been trialled in other parts of the country and have shown a reduction in contamination levels, “We audited the first pilot bins and found that 79% of items in the yellow recycling bin and 96% of items in the blue glass bins were correctly placed. We have made some slight modifications to the signage on the latest bins to improve performance further”.

Be a Tidy Kiwi Program Manager Richard Leckinger says, “Our new bins use the recycling and waste colours which have been agreed nationally and signage in English and te reo Maori with translations available in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Hindi.”

In a National Litter Field Count conducted in May, an average of 17.6 items of litter per 1000m2 was counted in Dunedin, compared to the national average of 30.5 items.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says while Dunedin has a better than average litter record, there’s always room for improvement.

“It’s great to see smart technology being used to reduce litter and it’s very fitting with our GigCity title. The Warehouse Precinct has been transformed in recent years and this will only enhance the area.”

“I support the ‘Let’s Put Litter in its Place’ campaign and I’m pledging to Be a Tidy Kiwi and Put Litter in its Place. I’d like to see other kiwis doing the same.

Bins are also being introduced in Clutha, New Plymouth, Whakatane and Mackenzie District following a successful trial in Tauranga, Marlborough, Rotorua, Queenstown Lakes and Wellington.

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Contact Dunedin City Council on 03 477 4000.

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