Bins should not be compulsory for households
Having read the leading article in the Mirror (July 9) we wish to add our comments in support of the aggrieved residents of Bannockburn. As residents of a Central Otago lifestyle block 50km out of Alexandra, we thankfully have no rubbish collection. We have happily slipped into a similar routine used by them of delivering the recycling and rubbish to the appropriate depots. Like other correspondents one small $3 bag of rubbish is all we have for the month which is dropped off when we are in Alexandra for other shopping.
As environmentally conscious people we want to ask the council how can having one bin for everything, ie no recycling bin, possibly be seen as a step forward in either customer service or care of the environment?
We also believe that the bin system should not be compulsory but any households that wish to have bins should automatically be given a recycling bin as well. We feel incensed that the CODC is taking such a high handed attitude regarding the bins and consequent costs to the rate payers concerned and the environment.
We wish to send the message to the CODC that if other councils can make bins optional . . . so can you ! Lorna Shepherd
More work needed
Well July is here, our new red lid bins are in operation, and I for one have already missed a collection day. Needless to say some adjustment is required by all.
I am a supporter of modernising our waste collection in Central. However, I don’t believe we have gone far enough! Here is my thought and I hope you will ponder this. We ‘‘recycle’’ approximately 40 per cent of our total waste, that is the light stuff. We don’t recycle the other significant portion of our waste which is organic, also at around 40 per cent of our total waste. The big difference is the weight, organics (food waste especially) is heavy! Our council pays for waste by weight going into the landfill, so if we really want to do something let’s reduce the weight going to landfill. I home compost as many others do, however what about everyone who doesn’t? We missed our opportunity with the wheelie bins we have just handed back. They were already in circulation and would have made fantastic green waste bins! Or is it too late?
Amy Scott, pat on the back and thanks for scratching the surface, love your home composting.
What a load of . . .
If the CODC wants to decrease non recyclable rubbish and increase recycling they can’t just do this by supplying us with a new bin and cutting service in half! I think this is the wrong way forward.
The first thing that needs to be done is to make recycling as easy and as simple to do as possible.
People need to be able to get their recycling out easily, have plenty of room for all the recycling they are going to do and have full instructions on how to recycle.
Our recycling bins are too awkward to handle, seemingly designed by someone who has no knowledge of ergonomics. I’m pretty strong but I find it difficult to lug a full recycling bin out to the street. Imagine how hard this is for someone who isn’t able? Mine are often overfull, with a box of cardboard alongside and a bag of plastics that easily blows away in a Nor’wester. They certainly aren’t big enough to accommodate the wheelie bin sized amount of recycling that the CODC thinks we will all suddenly be producing now that they have waved their magic wand and cut rubbish pick-ups in half! What we need are full-size wheelie bins for our recycling, to be picked up weekly, with full recycling dos and don’ts on magnetised card to be stuck on the fridge for easy reference, and written on the bins too. That would be a giant step to more recycling.
What is happening with our old wheelie bins? I’ve heard some people say they are going to be picked up, is this right? If not: does the recycling centre have a way of making them into a composting bin? That would be a cool way to reuse them. From non recyclables container to compost bin! Or what about this? The old wheelie bins can be the new recycling bins! Reusing the plastic, with green lids to indicate the greener planet we all want, and we already have them to hand! How cool is that?