Rant or rave: your say
I have just read the letter of Jeff Hill, Alexandra councillor, which was published in your last issue ( Mirror, October 3). It may be me but I could not understand what he was talking about. What was the disaster he was over? Why was this all not communicated to ratepayers prior to the Long Term Plan consultations so we could have a say? I can’t recall councillor Hill voicing any concerns then so why now?
Neil Cruickshank, Alexandra
On Sunday I decided it was time to take the tree down in the front garden. Trying to be a tidy Kiwi I took my two trailer loads to the green waste at the dump. When it came time for me to pay I almost fainted when I was told to pay $40, $20 a trailer load. I was expecting to pay $10 a load as it is advertised on the entrance sign “Green waste $10”. Are we really expected as ratepayers to pay over the top for this? The council does very little for this money and has the cheek to charge like a wounded bull! It’s no wonder some people decide to dump their rubbish in the pines.
Fraser Reid, Alexandra Council collects fees for disposal of waste on a cost recovery basis. This year the charges are $53 per cubic metre for rubbish or $10 per cubic metre for green waste. To encourage people not to put green waste in their wheelie bin, loads less than half a cubic metre are free. Larger loads are charged to meet the costs to provide onsite management and periodic shredding of green waste. The shredding trial began last year and council works in with neighbouring QLDC to use a mobile shredding machine visiting the area. Previously the green waste was bulldozed over the old landfill, which didn’t cost as much but doesn’t allow for effective breakdown, provide any benefits and cannot continue indefinitely.