Environmentally conscious Kaikōura residents say they have been misled by their council, which has been landfilling paper and plastics intended for recycling.
"Every week, our kerbside team collects tonnes of 'recycling' that is actually rubbish (things that cannot currently be recycled and have to go to our landfill)," Innovative Waste Kaikōura said on Facebook.
Council senior operations manager Dave Clibbery said people were not told of the changes to recycling markets because it had been hoped it was a short-term problem.
However, there had not been a reliable market for coloured plastics since 2016 and the materials that had been stockpiled were now deteriorating and being dumped in the landfill.
He maintained the council was correct in telling people they could still deposit all plastics in their recycling, even though they were likely to be stockpiled and/or landfilled.
Kerbside recycling collections in Blenheim and Picton will continue as normal. To minimise the handling of recycling by the collection crews, these materials will now have to be sent to LANDFILL until further notice. Consider stockpiling in suitable containers until normal recycling resumes.
Mixed paper, plastic and glass from Christchurch and Banks Peninsula households will go to landfill, instead of being recycled. If people are struggling to fit all their general rubbish in their red wheelie bin during the lockdown, they can put excess in the yellow wheelie bin - temporarily.
Six councillors pushing for a zero per cent rates increase are calling on Christchurch residents to lobby council before this week's deadline.
People have until Thursday to let their views be known on Christchurch City Council's annual budget for the coming financial year.