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Pukehiki Community Recycling Centre

Pukehiki Community Recycling Centre

The Pukehiki Community is presently trialling a Recycling Centre on Highcliff Road. It is situated at an old quarry site, 600m from Centre Road (heading East).

Bins are provided for household plastics, tin cans, paper and cardboard. A bottle bank is also provided.

The Solid Waste Team of the Dunedin City Council has generously provided this facility to the greater Pukehiki Community. The instigation and installation proceeded thanks to efforts from Christine Neill and Christine Garey (Otago Peninsula Community Board) and Ian Featherston (Solid Waste Manager for DCC). The community is also grateful to Pieter Bloem for providing the land to site the center.

General tidyness of such a site is always a concern. However, members of the community assist with the general tidyness of the area (placing bits of dropped rubbish in the Litter Bin provided). There has been the occasional occurance of unsuitable rubbish being deposited at this recycling depot. The DCC is monitoring the site for any unwanted dumped rubbish and is notified by members of the wider community should this happen. The general Pukehiki Community supports this venture and wants to remind people that this site is for recycled items only, not for general rubbish.


What goes in the yellow-lidded wheelie bin?

o             1 – PET: Soft drink and water bottles, salad domes, biscuit trays, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles, squeezy bottles, fruit punnets, fruit juice bottles, liquid soap containers, household cleaners and vitamin containers.
o             2 – HDPE: Milk bottles, vitamin containers, fruit juice bottles, detergent bottles, sunscreen bottles, shampoo bottles, dishwashing powder container and household cleaners.
o             3 – PVC: Detergent bottles.
o             4 – LDPE: Squeezy bottles, ice cream container lids and plastic plates and cups.
o             5 – PP: Dip containers, ice cream containers tubs, margarine containers, plastic plates, cups, large yoghurt containers and cutlery, and squeezy bottles.
o             6 – PS: Large yoghurt containers, yoghurt pottles, polystyrene meat/fresh produce trays, dip containers, ice cream container tubs and lids. * Does not include foamed polystyrene hot drink cups and polystyrene packaging
o             7 – Other: Squeezy bottles, plastic plates and spreadable butters

Paper and Cardboard
o             Newspaper, letters, envelopes, magazines, receipts, egg trays, telephone books, wrapping paper, advertising material, toilet roll inners, boxes and cartons. *These items go straight into your recycling wheelie bin.
o             Shredded paper needs to be in plastic supermarket bag, with the handles tied.

Cans and Tins
o             Aluminium tins and cans, steel tins and cans, aluminium trays and foil, aerosol cans, metal pie trays, foil.
* Does not include scrap steel or aluminium

You will notice that polystyrene meat/fresh produce trays can be recycled, but not polystyrene packaging.  Unfortunately we have had a quantity of polystyrene packaging in the bins lately. We ask that people crush cardboard boxes before placing them in the bins as this will significantly increase the number of items that can be placed in them. Plastic milk containers as well as steel and aluminium tins and cans can also be crushed to some extent.  We need to stress that the site has been extremely well utilised by local people, and Council has been surprised and heartened by the positive response by local people. 



The idea of a Pukehiki Recycling Center was proposed in 2013, generating local discussion on a suitable site.

An initial suggestion was on Highcliff Road opposite Paradise Track, but was considered too remote. The gravel parking area close to Pukehiki Church became a likely site, but was considered unacceptable due to the negative visual impact on the historic precinct. The area beside the Pukehiki Hall was discussed – this was less obtrusive, but considered unsuitable due to access difficulties and potential fire hazard. Alternative locations were suggested: near the Pukehiki 'hairpin bend'; at the start of Buskin Road; the quarry land further down Buskin Road; at the gravel area on the wide bend in Camp Road near Castlewood Road...

Whenever a site was suggested, there was always a reason why it was not suitable, often due to the old familar case of NIMBY. Pukehiki risked losing the opportunity to have a free recycling depot.

Then Pieter Bloem came to the rescue - he offered the use of an old quarry site near his farm. A while later, the Recycling Center was established there, and has proved to be successful.


Pukehiki Community Recycling Centre