tauranga people to protest 'tsunami of plastic' from eastern bay water bottling plants - pet plastic
Tauranga is organizing a beach protest against the growth of the East Bay bottled water industry.
The protesters aim to use plastic bottles at the bottling plant, as well as additional traffic that the bottling plant will generate in Tauranga, but one company said the claims were exaggerated.
The New Zealand bottled water plant owned by China Nongfu Spring Company, otakiliquan Cresswell, has agreed to expand its operations.
The consent of the Plenty Bay of Plenty Regional Committee will be appealed by the crowdfunding group Sustainable Otakiri to the environmental court next week.
Plans for two larger bottling plants in Murupara are being developed by ngti Manawa, the New Zealand aquifer and an-
But foreign investors don't know.
Heidi Hughes, spokeswoman for Grand Tauranga, said in a statement on the protest that the otaguri plant would be able to produce 2400 orders
Plastic bottles are used every minute and are allowed to operate 24 hours a day, 6 days a week.
"Many times there are at least two large factories that are also shrinking the area and you will have a plastic tsunami. " In a widely-
Earlier this month, big Tauranga shared a Facebook post saying that the factories in otagri and Murupara will be able to produce 15 billion plastic bottles a year.
Hughes repeatedly admitted to the Bay that the number was miscalculated, but insisted on 2400. a-
The character of otaguri.
The key, she said, is the growth potential of the local bottling industry, and in many countries --
Including New Zealand-
Plastic garbage is being hit.
Michael glebauer, managing director of New Zealand at Cresswell, said in a written reply that the previous statement was "grossly exaggerated ".
He disagrees with the 2400 estimate, saying that Creswell expects the plant to produce up to 1800 bottles per minute.
The factory will not "run continuously 24/7" at any stage, because there will be interruptions such as shift and cleaning during the production cycle.
He cannot say how much plastic the plant will produce, because the quantity depends on the domestic and foreign market demand that is not yet reliably estimated.
The factory will use bottles made of glass, recycled plastic (
RPET, there are restrictions in some countries)
There are PET plastic bottles that can be recycled in New Zealand.
The company is using its R & D resources to improve plastic technology, including lighter bottles, and is driving better recycling infrastructure in New Zealand, he said.
A Whakatne District Council spokesman said plastic bottles are recyclable unless consumers choose to put plastic bottles in the bin.
The Council expects that any plastic waste from the plant will be recycled locally.
The protesters also objected to additional traffic in Tauranga as bottles and materials were transported to or from Tauranga.
Local Tauranga officials mentioned in public meetings the potential of 500 trucks per day.
Even if the bottles are transported by rail, it will affect road traffic at the crossing, Hughes said.
Cresswell's proposal is expected to move between 140 and 160 trucks per day on average, gleenser said, but the company is discussing the use of Kawerau's proposed rail-side container terminal as a more efficient
David Phizacklea, regional development manager, Plenty Regional Council, said that the urban form and transport initiative will look at the impact of future freight traffic on the Tauranga transport network.
Protesters plan to make a mound of 2400 used plastic bottles on the beach at the Omanu surf club at noon on Sunday.
Most bottles will come from local garbage disposal centers, organizers said.
According to Facebook's activities
As of Thursday, about 280 people attended and 670 were interested.
The bottles will then be sent to the environmental court for hearing during the appeal.