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fi­nan­cial pres­sures for COWB, cop­ing with in­creases in staffing hours, op­er­a­tional costs, health and safety, power and fuel.’’

COWB was cur­rently send­ing more than two tonne of waste each month to the trans­fer sta­tion for dis­posal at a cost of around $500, she said in the sub­mis­sion.

CO Waste­Busters had also noted an in­crease in il­le­gal dump­ing af­ter-hours at the en­trance to its site and at the re­mote de­pots, she said.

‘‘While theCOWB do not in­cur any cost for dis­posal, we be­lieve that if these dump­ings are al­lowed to build up be­tween weekly col­lec­tions, the rep­u­ta­tion of our or­gan­i­sa­tion is of­ten at ques­tion.’’

E-waste such as CRT tele­vi­sion and com­puter mon­i­tors were among items be­ing dumped at the gate, she said.

COWB stopped ac­cept­ing the mon­i­tors in April, and had been ad­vised by coun­cil staff to tell cus­tomers to ‘‘hold on to them un­til some­thing be­comes avail­able’’.

There was cur­rently 15 pel­lets of elec­tronic waste parked up at the back cor­ner of the yard wait­ing for Com­mu­nity Re­cy­cling Net­work to col­lect (RCN), she said. How­ever, that was in limbo be­cause RCN had since put up the price of collection.

In the sub­mis­sion, Byrne wel­comed the coun­cil to de­velop a plan how to han­dle E-waste now the CRT TVs and mon­i­tors were not be­ing ac­cepted at Boundary Rd.

Other con­cerns high­lighted in the sub­mis­sion in­clude: ◗ Glass re­cy­cling— with commercial quan­ti­ties in­creas­ing it put pres­sure on staffing, fuel, ve­hi­cles, health and safety for a ‘‘very small re­turn’’. ◗ Ru­ral container de­pots be­ing ‘‘abused’’ by commercial oper­a­tors. Coun­cil needs to help with en­force­ment. ◗ In­tro­duc­ing a 160-litre wheelie bin for kerb­side re­cy­cling with the in­ten­tion of switch­ing of bins for the waste and re­cy­cling collection in the fu­ture and work­ing to­wards a ‘‘user pays’’ sys­tem. ◗ Costs forced on COWBby de­fault if the re­cy­cling cen­tre and trans­fer sta­tion are to merge. Other sub­mis­sions be­ing heard at the 2014/2015 An­nual Plan meet­ing to­day in­clude those from sup­port­ers of a Clyde un­der­pass. A pe­ti­tion is in­cluded for an un­der­pass be­tween Clyde and the Otago Cen­tral Rail Trail.

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