Along with used nappies, other common items found in recycling bags are polystyrene and glass. He says that the worst he’s found are dead animals.
“I once found a lot of dead seagull and I’ve also found a cat. It’s not the nicest sight when you open the bin to see that.”
While he has a large focus on educating the community, he is also keen on problem solving any issues to make life easier for people to recycle.
“For example, in Island Bay there were a whole lot of bins that were blowing over and products were going everywhere. So on collection day, my manager Tony and I went along The Parade and just supplied bin clips to every bin. These bin clips keep the lids secure and stop products from being strewn everywhere nine times out of 10!
“We encourage people to think about what they put in their recycling, and don’t put anything that’s not recyclable in there. And use bin clips, especially as we live in windy Wellington. Two seconds will save you from the hassle of your recycling spilling out on the street, and it really helps us too. People think they're the Peter Pan, but I'm the Tinkerbell! People like me are here to chat to you and help."
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