Smaller big bins are on the way
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, has 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.
Collection of the 240litre wheelie recycling bins, which replace the old blue crates, starts from Monday.
The council call centre will only take orders for smaller bins after June 30, phone 379-2028.
New life: Julie Craig’s old recycling bins are now used as garden planters.