Paper price rise pleases Lions club

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Collecting again....Gore Pakeke Lions club recycling convenor Neil McPhail (left) and club member Doug Dixey are encouraging residents to drop newspaper off at the factory where it can be recycled rather than go out in the district’s red bin collection. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

It is a win, win, win for the Gore district now the price of recycled paper has gone up to $100 a tonne.

The Gore Pakeke Lions are back in business after stopping collecting paper for recycling in February last year after the market dropped so low the group had to pay to dispose of it.

Since 2010 about 200 tonnes of waste paper a year has been baled and sold for recycling at the Hokonui Dr premises.

Recycling convener Neil McPhail said it was great news the price had gone up.

“Last year we looked pretty mournful,” Mr McPhail said.

“Twelve months ago paper was valueless.

“Now we are looking to the public to bring their papers.”

The price was guaranteed for three months.

Recycling the paper was beneficial to the community, he said.

The money the project made was channelled back into community projects and in 10 years that added up to about $800,000.

If people brought newspapers into the factory instead of putting them in the rubbish it saved the Gore District Council money as it no longer had to pay to dispose of it.

“The more newspapers that go in here is less that go into the dump.”

It also gave members an activity to be involved in.

“We have an average of 10 people working each day, five mornings a week and we work 50 weeks of the year.

“They come along for the comradeship and a cup of tea.”

The factory had not stopped collecting cardboard and plastic wrap and in the past year had recycled 536 tonnes of cardboard and 41 tonnes of plastic.

The price of cardboard had also increased per tonne from $30 to $170.

Last year the group had also started collecting aluminium cans.

“Our return has been about $800 or $900.”