Kerb­side glass col­lec­tion starts Mon­day

Don’t overor un­der-fill crates: Coun­cil

Bay of Plenty Times - - LOCAL NEWS - For in­for­ma­tion about the glass col­lec­tion ser­vice, in­clud­ing your fort­nightly col­lec­tion day, visit tau­ranga.govt.nz/glass

Blue crates at the ready — Tau­ranga’s new ratepayer-funded glass re­cy­cling kerb­side ser­vice starts on Mon­day.

Tau­ranga City Coun­cil and its con­tracted col­lec­tion com­pany, Auck­land-based Smart En­vi­ron­men­tal, are brac­ing for high vol­umes in the first fort­night.

Coun­cil solid waste op­er­a­tions en­gi­neer Mur­ray Kliskey said he be­lieved many peo­ple had been hoard­ing glass in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the ser­vice start­ing.

He an­tic­i­pated that over­filled crates and glass be­ing mixed with re­cy­cling or rub­bish would be the big­gest teething is­sues for the rapidly-rolled out ser­vice.

The coun­cil would be tak­ing a “tough love” ap­proach to re­cy­cling rebels, Kliskey said.

Over­flow­ing crates or crates con­tain­ing any­thing but rinsed glass jars and bot­tles (lids and caps are okay) will be left be­hind with a sticker de­tail­ing the of­fence and the rules.

Un­der­filled crates were also not en­cour­aged.

Smart En­vi­ron­men­tal se­nior man­ager Ben Day said crates needed to be filled enough that it was worth a driver’s while pick­ing them up.

He said seven lo­cal peo­ple had been hired to staff the new ser­vice, in­clud­ing five drivers for its five newly-built (in New Zealand) trucks.

Four trucks would do the res­i­den­tial street rounds, with drivers sort­ing the glass in each bin at the road­side.

The re­cep­ta­cle for green glass is about twice as big as those for brown or clear glass.

The fifth truck was a MUD — GRAPHIC / TAU­RANGA CITY COUN­CIL PHOTO / AN­DREW WARNER multi-unit dwelling — truck, which would ser­vice apart­ments and re­tire­ment vil­lages, most of which had shared colour-sorted wheelie bins in­stead of crates.

Day said some re­tire­ment vil­lages had re­quested a crate for each unit in­stead of bins.

“Some of those vil­lagers con­sume a lot of bev­er­ages.” GRAPHIC / TAU­RANGA CITY COUN­CIL

He said the 31⁄2-month ser­vice turn­around was the fastest the com­pany, which has been around for 25 years and has con­tracts with 18 coun­cils, had ever done.

Waste Man­age­ment, op­er­a­tor of Tau­ranga’s two trans­fer sta­tions, stopped ac­cept­ing glass in mixed re­cy­cling on March 1, cit­ing safety is­sues for staff and con­tam­i­na­tion of other re­cy­cling.

The com­pany in­tro­duced Bins for Bet­ter Com­mu­ni­ties — pub­lic colour-sorted glass col­lec­tion points hosted on a vol­un­teer ba­sis by busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions. A Waste Man­age­ment spokes­woman said the com­pany was not plan­ning any changes to that sys­tem but would re­move the bins if the hosts asked.

Pa­pamoa East Four Square owner Ben Duffield said he would be hav­ing the ones in his store’s carpark re­moved in the next cou­ple of weeks.

“Ever since the blue bins went out, a lot less peo­ple have been us­ing [the pub­lic bins]. They are quite a lot of ef­fort.”

Waste Man­age­ment had been dis­cussing ditch­ing glass with the coun­cil’s staff since 2014 but only con­firmed it would stop col­lect­ing glass last year.

Pub­lic out­cry spurred the coun­cil, one of only a few in New Zealand with a pri­va­tised waste col­lec­tion sys­tem — into ac­tion.

En­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee chair­man Steve Mor­ris said the start of the ser­vice rep­re­sented Tau­ranga “fi­nally get­ting with the 21st cen­tury”.

Tau­ranga City Coun­cil will be ex­tend­ing the kerb­side col­lec­tion ser­vice to in­clude mixed re­cy­cling, rub­bish and or­ganic waste in 2021.

Smart En­vi­ron­men­tal op­er­a­tions man­ager Johnny Dick with deputy mayor Kelvin Clout and coun­cil­lor Steve Mor­ris.

A map of col­lec­tion days for each sub­urb. Glass will be col­lected once a fort­night.

What will and won’t be ac­cepted in glass crates.

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