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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.