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Funding welcomed for upgrade of Auckland recycling facilities

Published: Wednesday 26 August 2020

Auckland Council welcomes today’s Government announcement of more than $16 million in funding to upgrade the city’s recycling facilities. Mayor Phil Goff says the upgrade will improve the technology used for optical sorting of the city’s recycling.

“The $16.6 million in funding will allow Auckland to increase its recycling processing capacity by 28 per cent,” he says.

“This investment helps us to reduce contamination in goods put out by households for recycling and in the longer term will help us recycle more here in New Zealand, rather than overseas.

“We can’t just keep sending products to landfill and wasting valuable materials.

"We have in recent years focused on recycling as much as we can. However, we have relied heavily on this recycling occurring overseas, and with the closure of markets there for recycling, we want to minimise the risk of paper and plastics having to be sent to landfill,” adds Mayor Goff.

For the full media release, visit Our Auckland.