Col­lec­tions build up COWB voice con­cerns at pick-up pres­sures

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cen­tral Otago should brace it­self for in­creases in kerb­side and ru­ral re­cy­cling be­yond what coun­cil has pre­dicted, Cen­tral Otago Waste­Busters gen­eral man­ager Glenys Bryne says.

Bryne, in a sub­mis­sion to this year’s An­nual Plan be­ing heard at coun­cil to­day, said as the changeover to fort­nightly collection ap­proached, the or­gan­i­sa­tion was al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­crease in vol­ume in both the kerb­side and ru­ral re­cy­cling col­lec­tions, and more no­tice­ably in­creased vol­umes and con­tam­i­na­tion rates at ru­ral de­pots and re­source shop.

In 2013, COWB fore­warned coun­cil­lors its ‘‘bare bones budget’’, which es­ti­mated only a 15 per cent in­creased im­pact when the fort­nightly collection oc­curs next month was con­ser­va­tive, and the coun­cil could be look­ing at an in­crease of closer to 30 per cent.

‘‘We are con­cerned about ‘un­cer­tainty’.

‘‘What if the 15 to 20 per cent pre­dic­tion is wrong? What if it was closer to 30 per cent?

‘‘That would mean huge

Photo: JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN/FAIR­FAX NZ

On the way out: Cen­tral Otago Waste­Busters Inc gen­eral man­ager Glenys Bryne with the 15 pel­lets of old tele­vi­sions and com­put­ers be­ing dropped off at the re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity.

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