Calls for downsized bins answered
Residents struggling to wheel their new supersized recycling bin to the kerb can downsize to a smaller model.
The change in policy was ordered by Auckland City Council just before the start of the new fortnightly collection service.
City development committee chairman Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says the change is in response to calls from the public.
“We’ve had to allay some of their fears about being able to manage the bigger bin, particularly for elderly people.”
A container-load of new 120 litre bins – half the size of the new model – have been ordered, at a cost of more than $50,000.
But they won’t arrive until the end of August, which Mr Lotu-Iiga says will give people the chance to try the big bin first.
“There are different ways of managing, such as putting it out not quite full. But for those who still struggle with the actual size, it may be appropriate for council to give them a bin they can manage.”
Council officers will assess requests on a case-by-case basis, he says.
Collection of the 240-litre wheelie recycling bins, which replace the old blue crates, starts from Monday.
Bins will be emptied fortnightly and material sorted at a new facility in Onehunga.
Businesses and households recycling more than 240 litres a fortnight can order an extra bin at their own cost.
A council report says a “reasonable number” of businesses have requested extra bins, prompting a change to the council’s strict one-each policy.
Council group manager Michael McQuillan says there should be enough bins in stock to meet demand, and extra can be supplied if needed. Each extra bin will cost about $60, and there must be enough room both on the property and at kerbside.
The council call centre will take orders for smaller bins after June 30 on 379-2028.