Oji, based in Seaview, process about 135 tonnes of recycling collected from Wellington, Hutt, Porirua, and Kapiti Coast each day. About 40 tonnes of this daily total comes from Wellington City Council’s area.
The recycling materials are sorted by both machine and hand, with General Manager of Tyke Recycling and Contracting Limited Brendan Walker saying about eight tonnes of contaminated recycling is transferred to the landfill every day.
“Nappies we come across daily, hourly even. Bags of dog poo are not recyclable, but we find them from time to time. Once we had a whole fish, about a metre long, we couldn’t believe it.”
Brendan (pictured below), who is subcontracted by Oji, says dealing with these items is unpleasant for staff, and many unrecyclable objects can cause problems with the production line.
“We have 24 people on site making sure everything that comes in can be sorted as fast as possible. The goal is to get deliveries in and sorted quickly as in the evening we can have 20 trucks arriving in 25 minutes.
“We get a lot of clothing, kettle cords, hose pipes and commercial box strapping, all of which can wrap around the machines and cause them to stop.”