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New plastic recycling facilities

11 January 2023

Plumbers across New Zealand will be able to reduce their plastic waste with a new $12.5m investment in construction plastic recycling facilities.

Look out for the first of several new plastic recycling facilities across Aotearoa New Zealand in 2023 to help the construction and demolition industries reduce plastic waste.

Aliaxis New Zealand is working with Waste Management New Zealand and Unitec on the $12.5m initiative, with $4.46m provided by a grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Te Tahua Pūtea mō te Kirihou Auaha – Plastics Innovation Fund.

The new facilities will sort, wash and shred PVC and HDPE plastic to be used at Aliaxis New Zealand sites to manufacture its next generation of PVC and HDPE piping systems for building, infrastructure and agriculture projects across the country.

A network of metropolitan and regional PVC and HDPE collection services will be established in partnership with Waste Management New Zealand.

The initiative also includes conducting research with Unitec ESRC and BRANZ into practical ways to minimise plastic construction waste and help raise awareness of plastic recycling.

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