Smaller big bins are on the way

Central Leader - - 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, 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.

Photo JA­SON OXENHAM

New life: Julie Craig’s old re­cy­cling bins are now used as gar­den planters.

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