A national audit was carried out on the plastic containers in New Zealanders’ rubbish and recycling bins in 2019. 867 households in 8 locations had their rubbish and recycling analysed with the results extrapolated to provide national figures. The findings have been released in this report.
- Kiwi households dispose of a staggering 1.76 billion plastic containers per year through kerbside rubbish and recycling bins.
- The most common item being disposed of to either recycling or rubbish bins is the single-use drink bottle – 188 per household per year.
- An estimated 97 million plastic drink and milk bottles that could potentially be recycled go straight to landfill.
- 39 per cent be weight of household plastic bottles and containers that have the potential to be recycled go to landfill.