FROM THE ED­I­TOR

East and Bays Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Auck­land Coun­cil’s new waste col­lec­tion sys­tem stinks.

In the near fu­ture we will all have to pur­chase pre­paid tick­ets for our gen­eral waste to be col­lected from the kerb.

While we will be pre­pay­ing for gen­eral waste, the cost of re­cy­cling and or­ganic waste will be paid through our rates.

Coun­cil, in my mind, have got this the wrong way around.

I com­post all my or­ganic waste which means, un­der coun­cil’s new sys­tem, through my rates I will be pay­ing for a rub­bish col­lec­tion ser­vice I will not use.

Or­ganic waste makes up about 40 per cent of house­hold rub­bish. By in­clud­ing or­ganic waste in the rate-funded rub­bish col­lec­tion, coun­cil is mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to throw out their food scraps, when re­ally they should be en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to com­post.

Auck­land Coun­cil should be re­ward­ing peo­ple who al­ready com­post by mak­ing or­ganic waste the rub­bish that re­quires a pre­paid tag. Coun­cil’s new sys­tem pun­ishes peo­ple ac­tively re­duc­ing their or­ganic waste and dis­cour­ages com­post­ing.

- John

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