A new recycling hub in Havelock is helping keep the marina shipshape.
The new dedicated centre has been put in place by Port Marlborough bosses.
Thirty-five wheelie bins will now be ditched in favour of the hub which includes a custom-built container, access control and CCTV surveillance.
A $10,000 grant from the Glass Packaging Forum helped make the recycling centre a reality by covering the cost of the special container.
The grant, of $10,000, is in addition to investments already made by Port Marlborough.
Port Marlborough’s Commercial and Marinas Manager Anouk Euzeby says the marina provided rubbish facilities in the form of 35 wheelie bins at the end of the jetties and launching ramp.
Recycling was limited to waste oil and aluminium cans.
“We operate three marinas in Marlborough: Picton, Waikawa and Havelock, and are progressively extending our recycling capabilities in each marina.
“In December, we introduced our first glass recycling skip bin in Picton Marina. We have now established this comprehensive recycling facility in Havelock.
“There are additional costs for us to provide these facilities but ultimately it is about doing the right thing for our environment, and furthering our efforts towards becoming a sustainable port, Anouk says
The new recycling container can accept glass bottles and jars, plastic, cans, and paper and cardboard.
“It’s the same kind of container which has been successfully used by the Marlborough District Council in its Rural Community Recycling programme,” Anouk says.
The Havelock Marina is the second largest in the region, providing 370 berths and storage for 175 trailer boats as well as providing berth, wharf and land-side facilities to service the aquaculture, tourism, forestry and barging operations in the Pelorus Sound.
Glass Packaging Forum Scheme Manager Dominic Salmon says funding projects which will result in new glass – which would not have otherwise been diverted from landfill – being recycled is a primary function of the Forum.
“Funding for grants like these come from the Forum’s Government-accredited product stewardship scheme.
“The Forum has more than 100 member brands which contribute a voluntary levy based on the glass they put into market, which is used to fund projects which improve glass recycling in New Zealand,” he says.