Half of our plastics and paper recycling is shipped overseas, new data reveals

Half of our plastics and paper recycling is shipped overseas, new data reveals
EcoCentral is one of NZ's 14 materials recovery facilities. (Image: EcoCentral)
Cécile Meier
This story is part of BusinessDesk's Waste is Money series.Aotearoa ships about half of its plastics and paper recycling overseas, new data from the waste industry reveals.The Waste & Recycling Forum collected data from its nine members, which together handle the bulk of the country’s municipal waste and rubbish from hundreds of thousands of commercial clients. The businesses recycled 8% (or 521,308 tonnes) out of the six million tonnes of rubbish they collected in 2022. The rest was sent to landfill (5.1 million tonnes, or 8...

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