Discussion

The information examined thus far suggests that there is a continued need for evaluation and modification of recycling policy and initiatives as the context and time see necessary, particularly for this super city. Providing access to the public is not the only thing that allows for the successful change in behaviour to accommodate environmentally friendly initiatives. Auckland is expected to see significant population growth in the upcoming years, and a watchful eye placed on recycling policy is necessary to counter the detrimental effects that can arise from increases in population.

The two-bin system in the Auckland region has allowed for improved levels of accessibility to recycling for urban dwellers. However as the information provides, the two-bin system is lacking. Firstly, it creates the opportunity for the contamination of glass and paper to the extent that these become deemed unreasonable for production. This creates a significant problem, as only 30 to 40 per cent of what is sent (glass and paper) to be recycled can actually be reused in production. An additional failing of the two-bin system is in regards to the disposal of organic waste. Organic waste when disposed at landfills decomposes and releases methane gas which is hazardous to the environment.

The comparative investigation of Canterbury recycling initiatives and that of Australia provide viable knowledge for Auckland. For example, the use of magnetic stickers in Brisbane to educate the public can be applied in Auckland. This can be targeted at, like in Brisbane, what items can and cannot be recycled. This has the potential to decrease the volume of glass and paper products that are contaminated, and increase the volume of items that are recycled. Funding of such a program would need to be allocated by the higher overarching super city council body, rather than the district councils, as the benefits of sustainability will be more valuable to a city such as Auckland.