New red trash bags are coming to Palmerston North.
Palmerston North’s garbage bags turn red.
The change is in line with national guidelines to help people remember that red is for garbage and remove any link that a green bag is green in an environmental sense.
City council director of water and waste operations Mike Monaghan said the green bags will continue to be sold while supplies last and will be collected as usual.
The red 60-liter bags would gradually replace them.
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Monaghan said the change would help ensure that no official council green bags are wasted.
The new bags bear the council’s mark and the translations te reo.
According to the new national waste minimization mark guidelines, red or whero means waste, karaka or orange means recycling, and kahurangi or blue means recycling glass.
Consistent branding would make it easier for locals and visitors to identify who was which and would help prevent items that could be recycled from going to landfill.
“We pride ourselves on being an eco-city and we want to make it easier for everyone to do the right thing when disposing of waste,” said Monaghan.