Auckland’s rubbish shake-up
A new three-bin rubbish collection service coming to Auckland is already causing confusion, Auckland Council says.
By 2020 the entire city will have a new kerbside collection system, which will be part ratesfunded, part pre-paid. It is designed to reduce waste and fulfil Auckland Council’s goal of becoming waste-free by 2040.
Auckland Council waste planning manager Parul Sood said it had been fielding calls daily from residents unsure of what the new system would mean for them and how much it would cost.
‘‘People are very confused and it’s understandable, this is a change but once you break it down it does makes sense,’’ Sood said.
The three-bin rollout would include a recycling bin, already used around Auckland, for household plastic containers, paper, cardboard, cans, tins and glass.
‘‘Households will have their choice of three sizes for their recycling bins, 120, 240 or 360 litre. This is paid for by your rates,’’ Sood said.
The second bin will be for food waste, a 23 litre bin also covered by rates. And finally, a ‘‘pay-asyou-throw’’ bin for general rubbish. A choice of bin sizes and payment methods would be available for this one also, Sood said.
Pre-paid tags, like luggage tags at the airport, could be purchased at supermarkets, gas stations and dairys. These would be attached to the general rubbish bin when it needed to be collected. Sood said the tags were expected to be similar in cost to $2.35 orange rubbish bags currently being used in parts of Auckland and would be sold both individually, or in packs of five.
‘‘The tags are very easy to attach but hard to remove without breaking the bin once on so there is no risk of people stealing your tags. If a bin is broken, it will not be collected.’’
Official pricing for the tags is set to be released in August. The roll-out begins in Papakura in 2018, and will be offered regionwide by 2020. So what would happen to all the food waste?
Auckland Council are currently in the process of purchasing a new site that will be used to dispose of the organic waste, Sood said.
‘‘We are currently exploring two avenues. Either using an anaerobic digestion system - turning the food waste into energy. Or, composting it. It is all part of becoming a zero waste city.’’
Aucklanders will soon have to pre-pay for general waste to be collected from wheelie bins.