Inorganic service open for business
Household junk will be lining the streets of Auckland soon as its annual inorganic collection opens for business.
All Auckland households can book an inorganic collection of up to one cubic metre of material with the service running between March and December.
Auckland Council’s waste solutions is urging residents to book online.
Waste solution’s general manager Ian Stupple said it would also send an electronic reminder a few days before the collection so it could be cancelled if it’s no longer necessary.
Since October 2015, more than 80,000 Auckland properties have received an inorganic collection with more than 2200 tonnes being reused or recycled.
The system uses two trucks which visit each pre-booked property on collection day. The first takes reusable items to community recyclers and charities and the second takes the rest to landfill.
Material to be collected must be placed on a resident’s property rather than on the kerb. But the once yearly system has not been without its issues.
In June 2016 Auckland councillor Chris Darby said he was incensed after he witnessed contractors from Waste Management NZ haul his reusable household goods into a compacting truck headed for the landfill.
Waste that cannot be reused will be sent to landfill.