Col­lec­tion con­cern

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

An in­or­ganic waste col­lec­tion planned for a pub­lic hol­i­day is caus­ing con­cern for Waterview and Avon­dale res­i­dents.

Those want­ing to get rid of un­wanted junk will have to put it out over Easter week­end, April 11 and 12, when many peo­ple are away on hol­i­day.

It will be col­lected the fol­low­ing Tues­day be­cause Easter Mon­day is a pub­lic hol­i­day.

Waterview res­i­dent Ken Lo­max says he’s un­happy the Auck­land City Coun­cil col­lec­tion, which hap­pens once ev­ery two years, has been sched­uled for over the break.

“A lot of peo­ple are go­ing to be away and there’ll be a lot of vis­i­tors who won’t want to see rub­bish all over the street,” he says.

Coun­cil rules state peo­ple aren’t al­lowed to put out their rub­bish be­fore their des­ig­nated week­end, or they could be fined $400, though a coun­cil spokes­woman says they won’t be fined “un­nec­es­sar­ily”.

While the in­or­ganic col­lec­tion won’t start un­til Tues­day af­ter­noon, Mr Lo­max says hav­ing the col­lec­tion over the long week­end will cre­ate plenty of prob­lems.

“If peo­ple are go­ing away they’re not go­ing to be back on the Mon­day to put it out and if peo­ple put it out early, scav­engers are go­ing to go through it.”

Mr Lo­max says he sug­gested to the coun­cil that it moves it to an­other time – such as the end of June af­ter the rest of the col­lec­tions have fin­ished – but the idea was re­jected.

“We are pay­ing them and ex­pect them to make some rea­son­able de­ci­sions on our be­half. This isn’t rea­son­able.”

Coun­cil­lor Cathy Casey looked into the mat­ter af­ter be­ing con­tacted by Mr Lo­max and says she can see his point.

She says it would be dif­fi­cult to change this year’s col­lec­tion date but the coun­cil should look at leav­ing the hol­i­day off the sched­ule dur­ing the next col­lec­tion if a num­ber of peo­ple are dis­ad­van­taged.

A coun­cil spokes­woman says it is not vi­able to move the col­lec­tion date be­yond the end of June be­cause of poor weather.

In­or­ganic col­lec­tions started across the city in mid-Fe­bru­ary.

She says peo­ple who are go­ing away could ar­range for some­one else to put out their rub­bish for them or can put it out on Mon­day af­ter­noon or Tues­day morn­ing be­fore the col­lec­tion starts.

For more in­for­ma­tion on in­or­ganic col­lec­tions go to www.auck­land­c­ity. govt.nz or call 379-2020.

Leaflets will be sent out 10 days be­fore the col­lec­tion.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Rub­bish de­ci­sion: Waterview res­i­dent Ken Lo­max is up­set the Auck­land City Coun­cil has sched­uled the area’s in­or­ganic col­lec­tion over Easter week­end.

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