Waste re­moval now fort­nightly

Once a week too ex­pen­sive

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

Con­tin­u­ing with a weekly refuse collection ser­vice would have meant an in­crease of about 74 per cent in collection costs, the Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil said.

The coun­cil awarded an eight-year refuse collection con­tract to Al­lWaste, which will deliver the new fort­nightly refuse collection ser­vice from July.

In­fra­struc­ture ser­vices man­ager Jon Kings­ford said the ten­der process had pro­vided a ‘‘re­al­ity check’’ for the coun­cil.

‘‘We had the same con­tract for 14 years, so it was well be­yond its useby date and we knew that the mar­ket had changed. We an­tic­i­pated con­tin­u­a­tion of a weekly refuse collection would come at sig­nif­i­cant ex­tra cost to ratepay­ers and this was con­firmed through the ten­der process.’’

The other as­pect to take into ac­count was growth in Cen­tral Otago, Kings­ford said.

‘‘We were at ca­pac­ity in terms of ser­vic­ing all the prop­er­ties re­ceiv­ing a refuse collection ser­vice in our district in a one-week time­frame with the cur­rent level of in­vest­ment of [one truck]. It would have taken two trucks to con­tinue to pro­vide that level of ser­vice and al­low for growth in our district and our ex­panded collection ar­eas.’’

By mov­ing to a fort­nightly ser­vice, Cen­tral Otago had avoided an in­crease in the refuse collection rate, he said.

There would also be sav­ings gen­er­ated by send­ing less ma­te­rial to land­fill. In the short term, the mod­est sav­ings made from mov­ing to a fort­nightly collection would be off­set by the additional cost of man­ag­ing the an­tic­i­pated in­crease of re­cy­clable ma­te­rial, he said.

‘‘It’s not as sim­ple as say­ing ‘half the ser­vice, half the cost’ as we have been hear­ing from a num­ber of ratepay­ers. The ac­tual collection of the bins is only about 37 per cent of the full cost of pro­vid­ing that ser­vice. It is not just about pick­ing bins up, but trans­port­ing all that rubbish, pay­ing for the dis­posal of that rubbish and pay­ing Cen­tral Govern­ment levies. Ratepay­ers just see their bin con­tents be­ing emp­tied into the truck, but don’t see the twothirds of the ser­vice that makes up the bulk of the cost.’’

A vis­i­ble sign of the chang­ing con­tract was the new red-lid­ded wheelie bins that have started be­ing de­liv­ered to prop­er­ties around the district. The new con­tract re­quired a new fleet of bins be­cause the ex­ist­ing bins be­longed to the con­trac­tor – not coun­cil, he said.

An­other no­table change with the new con­tract was the ex­panded refuse collection area, which in­cluded Ban­nock­burn, Pisa Moor­ings and sec­tions of Manuherikia Road and Letts Gully Road in Alexan­dra.

Prop­er­ties in these ar­eas would be rated for the refuse collection ser­vice the same as the ma­jor­ity of the Cen­tral Otago district. The tar­geted Refuse Collection rate for 2014/15 was about $225.

■ Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on waste min­imi­sa­tion, the new refuse collection ar­eas and waste ser­vices can be found at codc.govt.nz/ze­rowaste

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