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Public Place Recycling Gets Thumbs Up From Auckland's Rwc 2011 Organisers

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Auckland's Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) organisers are delighted with today's announcement from the Government that will see recycling bins in public places in time for the Tournament.

Auckland will have recycling bins throughout the region for Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) following today's announcement of a national public recycling programme by Minister for the Environment Nick Smith.

Regional Steering Group Chair Rachael Dacy welcomed the announcement describing the initiative as a timely boost for Auckland.

"Overseas visitors in particular will expect to see evidence of environmental responsibility during the Tournament and Auckland is committed to delivering in this area. The public place recycling bins will be a great help."

As part of the national initiative Aucklanders and visitors will see recycling bins in streets, parks and other public spaces in time for RWC 2011.

"Waste minimisation is one of our key environmental sustainability goals for Rugby World Cup 2011 and today's announcement will help us deliver on that," Ms Dacy says.

The focus of waste minimisation in Auckland will be on the following areas:

o Providing recycling facilities at Fanzones and festival sites

o Ensuring (where possible) that all packaging is either re-usable, recyclable, or compostable

o Working with the stadiums to provide for separation of recyclable and compostable waste

o Increasing the number of permanent public place recycling bins in key public areas

Among the early initiatives are trials of composting and recycling programmes at Mt Smart Stadium (a RWC 2011 training venue) and North Harbour Stadium (one of Auckland's two RWC 2011 match venues), with new systems soon to be trialled at Eden Park. The trials are aimed at reducing waste going to landfill from match venues during the Tournament and the recently completed seven-month trial at Mt Smart Stadium has seen around 32 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill.

Auckland's RWC 2011 Regional Steering Group has adopted a targeted Environmental Sustainability Framework for Auckland. As well as waste minimisation, the framework puts the spotlight on energy efficiency, sustainable procurement and sustainable transport.

Ms Dacy says the framework is not just about words and woolly objectives, there are tangible things happening on the ground as Auckland readies itself for the Tournament.

Ms Dacy says Auckland is committed to seeing these initiatives through, to ensure that the region plays a lead role in ensuring New Zealand is an environmentally responsible host of RWC 2011.

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