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Jazz Festival leads event recycling

Tauranga City Council's solid waste team have been working alongside Jazz Festival organisers over the last three years to help reduce waste at the event through the provision of recycling bins and waste management plans. 

Recycling bins will be available at The Strand, The Historic Village and Wharepai Domain venues and festival goers will be encouraged to separate their recyclable and non-recyclable waste using the highly visible yellow and red topped bins. The bins at the Historic Village and at the Domain will be attended by volunteers who will help people sort their waste appropriately. On the Strand there will be a different level of service without attended bins as a trial to see if a high recycling rate can be achieved when bins are not attended. 

Council's Waste Minimisation Programme Leader, Kimberley Cleland says that the contents of the bins can only be recycled if people sort the waste properly. "People need to make sure that only plastic and glass bottles, cans and clean paper are put in the bins with the yellow tops. Unfortunately if the recycling bins get contaminated with food waste or non-recyclable waste (such as coffee cups or plastic food containers) they will have to go to landfill which defeats the purpose. To reduce the risk of this happening we try to have the recycling bins manned by volunteers to help people sort their waste." 

Jazz Festival Project Manager, Becks Chambers says that reducing waste at the event is important. “This year is our 50th anniversary so we have our birthday bash concert staring Earth, Wind and Fire at the Domain in addition to the Jazz Village. It is very important to the Tauranga Jazz Society that they are doing the right thing in being green. We have had amazing support from Tauranga City Council in achieving this which is fantastic."

Kimberley Cleland says that this summer the solid waste team has worked with several event organisers and the Jazz Festival is definitely the largest with the potential to divert around a tonne of recyclable materials away from landfill.
"Council can assist event managers by providing a subsidy towards the cost of hiring recycling bins or having somebody to help develop and implement a waste minimisation plan for their event. We also have a guide that gives simple tips and information on how to do this which is available on Council's website."
Kimberley says that anyone who is planning an event and would like advice about minimising waste is welcome to contact the team on (07) 577 7000 to discuss their event.

For more information about this release please contact:
Kimberley Cleland, Waste Minimisation Programme Leader on (07) 577 7066 or 027 271 9256

Published: Tuesday, 03 Apr 2012 14:00 by Tauranga City Council