Calls for down­sized bins an­swered

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

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.

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