Inor­ganic ser­vice open for busi­ness

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

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.

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Waste that can­not be reused will be sent to land­fill.

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