Commercial recycling

Most kerbside collections of waste materials in New Zealand cater for household waste. Although many businesses produce the same type of recyclables (paper and cardboard, steel and aluminium, glass and plastics), they are often produced in larger quantities that can not be handled by kerbside collections.

Businesses may rent skips for waste disposal, and pay high prices for the disposal of these materials to landfill. In many instances, the business has paid to bring the product on site, and they pay again to store and remove it.

Commercial recycling offers many opportunities for businesses to rethink waste management. Rather than putting mixed materials into one skip, businesses can separate at source to recover resources for resale, re-use, recycling or composting.  The use of council by-laws, such as in the Timaru District may even prohibit recyclable or organic waste from going to landfill.

Business often generate large volumes of materials that cannot be recycled via kerbside collections, - for example, cardboard, shrinkwrap and other clean flexible plastics, scrap metal and  polystyrene as well as large volumes of materials from offices and cafeterias, able to be processed at a Materials Recovery Facility that is designed for household-type recyclables, such as paper, cardboard and plastic containers.

Businesses and industries which set up commercial recycling facilities for business and industry may accrue savings in waste management costs, enhance their business profile and attract customers looking for green credentials.

As each local council will have different local waste collectors, the best way of finding commercial recyclers is by contacting your local government, or by checking out the Recycling Operators of New Zealand. Individual councils may offer website links or directories such as this linked page for Timaru District. For your council, if they are participants in the One Planet website, see our Councils link at the top of the page to locate their pages.