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Waste volumes increase in lockdown

Published: Tuesday 19 May 2020

There was a notable spike in kerbside recycling and rubbish volumes as lockdown forced Aucklanders to dine at home more than ever before. Overall, 1870 more tonnes of rubbish (12% more) and 326 extra tonnes of recycling (3%) were collected from Auckland households in April of this year compared to 2019.

Councillor Richard Hills, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee, puts this lockdown waste spike into perspective.

Compared to last year, the additional household rubbish generated in Tāmaki Makaurau for April could have filled 66 double decker buses.

“This increase in household waste is natural with people staying in and eating at home during alert levels 3 and 4. I’m really proud of the efforts that everyone made over this time and the household waste increase reflects that we were staying inside.

“Over April we received 26% more glass recycling than last year. This equates to just over 1100 tonnes. Auckland’s glass recycling is all pressed here in New Zealand, so the spike was good news for local recyclers.

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