Auck­land’s rub­bish shake-up

East and Bays Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JACK­SON THOMAS

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.’’

JACK­SON THOMAS/STUFF

Auck­lan­ders will soon have to pre-pay for gen­eral waste to be col­lected from wheelie bins.

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