Rubbish kicked off kerb
THE days of Auckland’s streets looking like a scene out of Once Were Warriors are numbered.
Auckland Council is set to replace its controversial kerbside inorganic rubbish collections with a prearranged pick-up service.
The service has been given the tick by the council’s Budget Committee and is due to start in October.
It is already operating in parts of west Auckland.
It aims to more effectively recycle the material that’s collected more effectively and discourage illegal dumping.
‘‘Currently inorganic materials collected are sent to landfill,’’ council solid waste manager Ian Stupple says.
‘‘The new service will enable the recovery of more resources for re-use and recycling.’’
Auckland is one of the few councils in the country that has provided the kerbside service.
Under the new system people will get flyers in their letterboxes telling them when the annual collection time is approaching.
They will then book in with the council to have inorganic rubbish collected from their properties.
The operation will rates-funded.
Paul Evans is chief executive of WasteMINZ, the largest representative body of New Zealand’s waste and resource recovery sector.
Bringing everyone under
be the same umbrella makes sense, he says.
‘‘One of the key things is [kerbside rubbish] creates quite a lot of public nuisance. People come along and dump rubbish illegally. The other key driving factor is the aspiration for Auckland to be a zero-waste city.’’
New Windsor’s Duncan McKenzie welcomes the change after the mess made by people dumping their rubbish on his street.
‘‘It was awful,’’ he says. ‘‘I expected to see rats running around it.’’
The council received more than 13,000 complaints about illegal dumping in 2013-14 and a further 12,800 so far this financial year. That includes the mess left by the inorganic services.
The annual spend on inorganic collections is about $7.2 million.
The new measures probably wouldn’t change people’s waste and recycling habits straight away but in time it will become the norm, Evans says.
‘‘It’s change and, as human beings, we don’t like change that much.
‘‘But I think in five years time it will be very positive.
‘‘Recycling was the same in the early 90s. People thought it was ridiculous having to sort through their rubbish,’’ he says.
Auckland councillors are due to give the green light to the new system as part of their deliberations on the city’s new Long Term Plan on June 25.
Inorganic rubbish on an Auckland street.