Nothing keeps a conscientious consumer awake at night like a used battery or a blown lightbulb, and the fear that someone less concerned in the household might toss such a thing in the landfill if they don’t deal with it first.
So, to keep the community sleeping soundly we also provide a drop-off service for items that can be recycled but are not accepted in the curbside recycling bins.
Simply bring your items to EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn. Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, or Saturdays from 10am-1pm.
Please note: there is a fee for certain items to cover our costs, see below.
The Polystyrene is collected by Waste Management who send it overseas to China where it is made into shoe heels, picture frames and other interesting things.
The polystyrene should be clean (this means no food trays unfortunately – unless they are brand-new which is unlikely, but possible if you make a late-night impulse internet purchases of food trays)
Estimated by how much it fills up a bag. A full bag costs $15.00
Soft Plastic bags
Soft plastics are picked up by Abilities who also take our e-waste. They give it to the same people who collect the soft plastic from the bins that are now located in Supermarkets. Do the Scrunch test – If it can scrunched into a small ball it can be recycled.
Please see here for more info on what is taken and what happens to it.
All we ask for a gold coin donation for offering this service per drop off.
We also send our batteries to Abilities. We separate them into Alkaline and Non-alkaline (incl. Lithium or rechargeable). It would be great if you can do this before dropping them off 🙂
Alkaline batteries are not currently able to be recycled in NZ, so to stop the harmful stuff leaking into our earth they are encased in concrete! It’s not the most ideal situation but the best one at present (and another good reason to buy wind-up toys at xmas).
Cost for Alkaline batteries –
$3.00 per kg
Lithium batteries are sent overseas for recycling.
Cost for Lithium batteries –
$6.50 per kg
Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes
At EcoMatters you can even drop off your old toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes!
Once we have a box full we then send them to Terracycle New Zealand. TerraCycle was founded in the States to recycle or up-cycle traditionally non- recyclable waste. If you go to their website you will find that the products they make from this waste (not currently available in NZ unfortunately).
We have a collection bin for unwanted curtains. They are then collected by Vision West, a great organisation that repairs and redistributes the curtains to families that really need them, there is no charge to drop them off with us and it is a great organization to support.
Interwaste collect the CFL light bulbs which contain harmful mercury. The bulbs are crushed into tiny pieces, then the different components separated. We can also accept LED and Incandescent bulbs.
Cost: $1.00 per light bulb.
* Bunnings Warehouse also take these at no charge. Good on ya Bunnings!
And don’t forget we have a fantastic E-waste drop off service too!